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Breasts As Objects

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Well, it certainly doesn't help breastfeeding matters any when women's breasts are seen as objects of gratification as opposed to means to feed one's baby. This photograph was taken of a carnival at Shelby County Fair and Horse Show Shelbyville, Kentuckym August 1940 Aug. Baby formula had made a huge insurgence in baby-feeding by 1940. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection, [reproduction number, LC-USF33-031018-M1 DLC ] read more

Sick Baby on Formula

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This picture is actually quite difficult for me to look at because it is extremely obvious how this mother just wants the best for her baby, but is solely relying on artificial means to make him well. This photograph was taken by Dorothea Lange and is entitled: Wife and sick child of tubercular itinerant, stranded in New Mexico. August 1936. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection, [reproduction number, LC-USF34-009747-E DLC] read more

Baby's Gotta Eat!

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...even after mama has picked cotton for the day. Cotton picker, Kaufman County, Texas 1936 read more

Hulling Berries and Breastfeeding

Again...breastfeeding in public: No big deal! Here is a mother hulling berries while she nurses her infant. Her other children sit beside her, also at work. Little Mabel Cuthrie [i.e., Guthrie?], 4 yrs. old started working last year. Location: [Seaford?, Delaware?] May 1910. read more

Another Coal Miner's Wife and Child

Coal miner's wife and child. Pursglove, West Virginia. 1938 Sept Here's the funny thing about these photos: During this time, it was the poor mothers who stayed fast to the natural art of breastfeeding, whereas metropolitan mothers and those who had better access to health care went to doctors who pushed formula and subsequently convinced them to feed their babies artificially. Now in 2008, poor, rural mothers statistically do not want to have anything to do with breastfeeding and mothers who are better off economically breastfeed in higher numbers -- what a... read more

Coal Miner's Wife Breastfeeding

One of the aspects of life in the 30s and 40s and before is that breastfeeding was so natural that countless moms breastfed in the midst of families, friends and, yes, even strangers. Look at this mom who breastfed even in full view of a photographer, a veritable stranger, who was hired by the government to take photographs of American life. This is a coal miner's wife and child while discussing conditions of house, lack of steady work for husband. Bertha Hill, West Virginia 1938 Sept. read more

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... read more

Breastfeeding at Home, 1939

Migrant mother and child in tent home. Harlingen, Texas 1939 Feb. read more

Wednesday Top Three: Dance, dance, dance

1. Florida Gay Adoption Ban Declared Unconstitutional! Yah! And if you want to help defeat the anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 in California, consider making a donation to the "No on 8" campaign. 2. ODC Dance in San Francisco. We took Liko to their family dance day to learn about their kids' programs, and I was once again really impressed with this San Francisco institution. It's so beautiful to watch my son learn about his body and what it can do. 3. The Anti-Racist parent--another favorite blog.   read more

Breastfeeding in Public 1919

I believe the mother sitting on the bench whose face is partially blocked and is sitting in front of the tree is breastfeeding in public, but I can't be absolutely sure. What do you think? Mothers and children in a city park on a hot day, New York City] between ca. 1908 and 1919. Bain News Service photograph. read more

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