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25 Historical Images That Normalize Breastfeeding

Proof that the "as-long-as-you-cover-up" mentality hasn't been around for very long. See more of my story here: "Boobs."

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5. Breastfeeding in Church - 1871


She isn’t even “covered up!” Just look at all of those people condemning her for being so indecent! Oh…wait…no, they’re just passing the sacrament.

13. Nursing Outside

Via Flickr: lloydboy52

Nursing Right outside in the middle of nature. I'm pretty sure that baby could have controlled her hunger long enough to make it into a bathroom stall or a back bedroom or something. All moms have to say is, "Shh...calm down, sweetie. You can eat when we find somewhere private to go. It makes people uncomfortable when you eat - it's much easier for you to just be patient." Babies are reasonable beings - they quiet right down. You should try it. Let me know how it works for you.

14. Breastfeeding in the 1950s


Breastfeeding during a time when Western mothers were being discouraged from breastfeeding. This woman has rebel written all over her porcelain face, doesn't she?

18. Gabriel Joseph de Froment, Baron de Castille, Princess Hermine Aline Dorothée de Rohan and Family - 19th Century


Seriously - you people are royals. Doesn't your royal baby know how to sit for a portrait without having to eat?

20. Wyspiański - Breastfeeding Painting - 1905


Artists are just outrageous with their depictions of mothers feeding their children. In front of other children, no less. What if these little girls grow up learning that breasts are for more than just being pretty

21. Part of the Family


The little boy on the right looks scandalized, but considering his dad, his brothers, and his sisters all look nonchalant, I'm betting the baby just passed gas or something.

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