Breastfeeding Under the Trees, June 1939


I am always amazed by the pictures I find of mothers in the 1930s and 40s who breastfed; I’m obsessed with them, really. Although formula was readily available then, poor farming mothers most always breastfed their babies as opposed to feeding them in a way that was expensive and I hazard to say…unnatural.

Here’s a mother breastfeeding her daughter under the trees in Wagoner County, Oklahoma. The picture was taken in June 1939. This is a wife and child of an itinerant cane furniture maker and agricultural day laborer.

One satisfied baby.