Beautiful Breastfeeding Images from Our Past

Although breastfeeding has become one of the hottest topics of our day — depiction of it in the media is nothing new. The act of breastfeeding has been documented and shared throughout history. From photographs and paintings that show breastfeeding as a natural part of everyday life, to early 20th century health initiatives designed to combat a growing decline in nursing rates, the breastfeeding relationship has held our fascination for centuries.

We’ve collected 10 beautiful samples of such imaginary from locations across the world. We hope you enjoy them.

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Migrant agricultural worker’s family. Nipomo, California 1936

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“The baby and the bear nursing” 1903

 

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Inuit Woman Breast-feeding Baby, c1908

 

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Beatrice Baxter Ruyl, in white cape, breastfeeding infant (Ruth Ruyl) 1905

 

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A Javanese family at Tasik Malaya, Java 1902

 

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Inuit woman breast-feeding two babies. c1904

 

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“The Cornstock Madonna” Illinois c1916

 

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“A free lunch,” New York c1890

 

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Nurse the baby. Your protection against trouble : Inform yourself through the Health Bureau publications and consult your doctor, poster bet 1936-1938

 

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Print shows a woman, dressed as the Virgin Mary, posed as though breast feeding the infant Jesus 1900

 

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“Dutch Interior” by Pieter de Hooch bet 1900-1912

 

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“Maternity” by Gari Melchers,  bet 1900-1920

 

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Print shows Minerva, having exchanged her battle raiments for more domestic dress, nursing an infant; at her feet are an owl, a spear, and a shield which bears the likeness of a gorgon. Sitting to the right is Mentor holding an olive branch and teaching “two children the advantages of peace.” 1788

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