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Breastfeeding During Social Hour

This is a photo I found in early spring and posted to my personal blog. It's such a great photo that I had to post it here as well.

Although this photo isn't dated, I wager a bet it was taken during the mid to late 1930s. It may potentially be the early 1940s. What is particularly telling about this photograph are the notes on the back of the photo (below) and the fact that once again breastfeeding in public was no big deal before the formula industry changed the perception of infant feeding (almost irreparably) in this country. The men could care less that a woman's exposed breast is in full view of everyone, although the little boy on the right does seem a little enthralled by the baby breastfeeding.


Written Notes on Item
a) Part of Social Hour audience at Shafter Camp (handwritten on reverse); b) Todd's favorite picture of an "Okie Family" in Shafter F.S.A. Camp. Nursing babies was the usual thing at camp "Socials." (typed and attached to reverse)

Comments (8)

Hello again Jennifer! Thanks for another great resource. I have also added it to my blog (which has been quite neglected)
This is a great photo. You never seem to amaze me. You are all over the place!
I love your site. I'm just eating everything up, because it's great to get support for breastfeeding. I love breastfeeding, and I would encourage anyone to do it. Thank you for your service to women. It is greatly appreciated.
I found some really wonderful articles for you. I don't know if you have a LiveJournal, but if you do, you should really join the breastfeeding community- that's where I find most of these! PubMed: Low breastfeeding rates and public health in the United States. Breastfeeding: Radical, Feminist, and Good for You
Happy new year! I love your blog, and am glad to see you posting. What I like about this photo is the little boy's expression - it only serves to highlight how relaxed everyone else is!
I like that the boy is watching only because it reminds me of my little brother. He's 6 and fascinated by all things pregnancy related and breastfeeding. My sister has one son and I have two and he's constantly asking us questions while we nurse and wanting to know about the baby's development before they were born.
Could it be that he is reminiscing? My seven year old's eyes glaze over when I nurse her 6 month baby sister.
I love this picture. Not only does it show that breastfeeding is just a part of life and doesnt need to be covered up in public or for a picture, but I also like how the mom looks happy, and the man next to her (the father?) is contently holding another child while getting a shoe shine. It's just a great capture of the life of what was probably a happy family.
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