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Nursing in Nature: A Breastfeeding Support Project

Miriel Smith's avatar Miriel Smith

Throughout history there have been many artworks that include breastfeeding as the subject. In general most people are not offended to look at a work of art that includes a mother nourishing her child; although, seeing an actual mother nursing in public is often found offensive or at the very least uncomfortable. Breastfeeding is the biological norm and once upon a time there were no other feeding options. Today we live in a culture where bottle feeding has become the norm and breastfeeding mothers are discriminated against. With advertising, clothing and much more, breasts have become something that are seen as sexual instead of being viewed for their primary purpose, feeding babies. With this painting I hope to raise awareness about the discrimination that breastfeeding mothers often encounter. I would like to encourage onlookers to participate in supporting mothers that they find nursing in public so that one day mothers will feel supported in meeting their baby’s needs in any environment. As part of this project I am including “Thank you for nursing in public” cards that can be taken and passed on to any mother who is found nursing. The more the act of breastfeeding is supported and encouraged the sooner we can normalize breastfeeding for future generations. Do you feel that a mother should find a place to hide to feed her child? You might like to know that the law supports the breastfeeding mother. The “Breastfeeding Anti-Discrimination Act” not only provides protection of the right to breastfeed it also offers enforcement of the right to breastfeed.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2''
  • Medium: Water mixable oils
  • Width: 54''
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 44''