The Art of Nursing: 7 Stunning Odes to Breastfeeding Throughout History

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The First Family
This painting, entitled The First Family, was created in 1864 by Cornelis van Haarlem, a Dutch Golden Age artist. Interestingly, the entire family is nude in it... more 
Photo by: WikiCommons
The First Family
This painting, entitled The First Family, was created in 1864 by Cornelis van Haarlem, a Dutch Golden Age artist. Interestingly, the entire family is nude in it - you don't see that everyday!
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Did you know that breastfeeding portraits were a "thing"? Yeah, neither did I. But breastfeeding has been the subject of many paintings for hundreds of years. These images of mothers nursing their children are forever captured in paint strokes and pen marks, and now the paintings hang in castles, parlors and on museum walls all over the world - from India to Germany to France. Some of these portraits are intimate studies of a beautiful moment between mother and child, while others are more formal family portraits for the royals and the very rich. Check out these 7 totally breathtaking, fascinating, and artistic odes to breastfeeding throughout the centuries! -By Sunny Chanel



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