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Breastfeeding Postcard Speaks Volumes

I received this postcard as a holiday thank you note from a family that I had helped in the early years of my private lactation consulting practice.  It has hung in my office for two decades.

Sergei Vassilev’s 1988 photograph “In the Maternity Home” captures the stages of profound connection that develop between mothers and their breastfeeding babies.  This group bonding moment is understated, yet quite powerful.

In recent years, there have been many nurse-in’s staged to make political statements.  Mothers have descended upon stores and businesses to protest unfriendly policies toward breastfeeding.   During World Breastfeeding Week celebrations each year there are often large groups that assemble in public places to breastfeed in numbers.  One of my favorites was the group nurse done on the A train in NYC.

Whenever mothers breastfeed it touches my heart.  I believe you cannot help but be inspired by the wonder of breastfeeding when you get an opportunity to witness the kind of very positive and primal energy that flows from my treasured breastfeeding postcard.  It speaks volumes.

What do you think?

5 comments

1 Ceri { 08.09.10 at 1:51 pm }

This totally gave me goosebumps! LOVE IT!

2 Andrea { 08.09.10 at 2:08 pm }

This picture begs for the story behind it! I love breastfeeding and am totally in awe of the amazing gift I give my daughter over and over through the day. I wouldn’t trade breastfeeding for anything. I wonder sometimes why it is us women who experience the profoundest of human connections in pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. I am thankful for a good husband who fully supports and loves “his girls” (as he occasionally fondly calls me and our daughter) and stands behind our co-sleeping and extended breastfeeding arangement. Still, I want to hear the stories behind this and other black and white breastfeeding photos. And I support nursing in whatever form works best for a woman, but I am least comfortable (and most leaky) when nursing when it all hangs out. :)

3 Claire { 08.09.10 at 2:17 pm }

It’s a beautiful photograph–and–not one of the very bundled-up babies appears to be getting skin-to-skin with their lovely bare-breasted mamas, which kind of defeats the object of the exercise, no? Maybe in 1988 they didn’t trust mother’s torso to be the efficient “baby-warmer” that it is when they are skin-to-skin.

4 amber { 08.09.10 at 4:02 pm }

i love this. i couldn’t agree more. breastfeeding is beautiful and natural. a strong statement and belief speaks beautifully through this gorgeous photograph.

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