Breastfeeding in Public, 1916

Despite what sometimes feels like hostile reactions toward breastfeeding in public these days, there is a long tradition of nursing in public even though there were decades when mothers were taught to bottle feed as opposed to breastfeed. Here is a photo from May 15, 1916. The title of the photo is “The cornstock madonna” and was taken by Orin Crooker, Hoopeston, Ill.

8 thoughts on “Breastfeeding in Public, 1916”

  1. I think this picture is absolutely beautiful. What a blessing that I was able to breastfeed and have these moments with my children.

  2. This picture is lovely. I love this blog and want to share it with all the mothers I know. What interesting pictures! I hope you find lots and can blog for a long, long time.

  3. I’ve only just found this blog and it is fabulous! This photo speaks volumes for the peacefulness and perfectness of breastfeeding.

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