Breastfeeding in Fine Art

I love breastfeeding art. There is something profoundly quieting about an artistic rendering of a woman nourishing and comforting her child at her breast. Photography and hand drawn or painted, Historical and modern creations alike draw me in, in a way no other theme in art does. Maybe it is because I am a breastfeeding mother but I actually think it is more than a personal connection with the act of breastfeeding and more that depctions of breastfeeding share one primal truth about mothering: mother requires vulnerable sacrifice. To breastfeed a child of any age requires the mother to expose a part of her body, to offer it to the child purely for their nourishment. Any benefits of breastfeeding a mother receives are secondary, the primary objective is to meet her child’s needs. All mothers, even those that don’t breastfeed, understand this motivation in caring for their children but, after birth, nothing visually illustrates this as much as breastfeeding. Viewing a moment of that physical illustration preserved in the form of art is a moving experience, humbling and uplifting as only being confronted with unconditional love can be.

And so it is that I am please to be able to share a generous give-away from Kate Hansen. Kate has 2 of the above print set aside for readers of The Leaky B@@b. The recipients will be chosen via a random drawing from your comments below. A fine art print for free, one that embraces such a beautiful moment in mothering, what a way to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.

To be entered go to Kate’s website and browse her Madonna and Child Project gallery then come and tell us which is your favorite in the comment section below.

For an additional entry, go “like” Kate’s Facebook page and let me know by leaving another comment saying “I like Kate!”

Share this give-away for one more entry, comment letting us know what social networking site such as Twitter, Facebook, or a parenting forum (not the TLB forums) you passed this really neat opportunity along to.

This give-away will close Saturday at 11.59pm, CST.

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This Give-Away Is Now Closed!
Thanks to Kate Hansen and everyone that entered.

The winner is Sondra Rose! I’ll need you to e-mail me at theleakyboob @ theleakyboob.com (no spaces) to get your e-mail address to pass along to Kate for her to get your shipping information. Congrats and enjoy! Oh, and once you get your print, we’d love to see some action shots!

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  1. Karen Merritt says:

    Krisztina and Finbar has to be my favourite. I love them all, but if I had to choose, it'd be this one! <3 Your site inspired me to continue BFing.

  2. I adore the Gladys and Elizabeth (that you have pictured) and Krista and Colum. These two are by far my favorites because of the mother child interaction, in the gaze and specifically in their hands. In Gladys and Elizabeth, I love how the child's hand is centered on her mother's chest, touching her heart and the mother's hands are wrapped around her child. And even in Krista and Calum the tiny baby is holding his mother's finger as she offers him her breast. Beautiful!

  3. I like Kate!

  4. Karen Merritt says:

    Oh, and I posted this website on Facebook. I hope people let her know how inspiring her work is, more so to breastfeeding mothers, such as myself.

  5. I love Gladys and Elizabeth πŸ™‚ It reminds me of my sister and niece <3

  6. Karen Merritt says:

    I Like Kate! :]

  7. I love the Krista and Colum. I wish I had seen more art work like that when I was a young nursing mom.

  8. I like Kate too!

  9. Dionna @ Code Name: Mama says:

    I'm hard pressed to choose between Krisztina and Finbar and Gladys and Elizabeth.
    This is an awesome giveaway!!

  10. mamakalila says:

    Gladys and Elizabeth

  11. Dionna @ Code Name: Mama says:

    I liked Kate on FB πŸ™‚

  12. Krista and Colum is my favorite! Man I want all of them though!

  13. mamakalila says:

    I like Kate!

  14. I liked Kate on FB πŸ™‚

  15. mamakalila says:

    Shared via facebook

  16. Alexandrea Finney says:

    Do you know how hard it is to pick a favorite? Gladys and Elizabeth, if I have to choose just one. πŸ™‚

  17. Sondra Rose says:

    I LOVE all of them, but especially Caitlin and Nico!

  18. Alexandrea Finney says:

    I like Kate!! <3

  19. Sondra Rose says:

    i like Kate, too! Her work can be seen in the first edition of SQAT Birth Journal here: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/SQUATBirthJournal?ref=ts

  20. Alexandrea Finney says:

    And I shared on fb. Whoo-hoo!

  21. I love them all too! I suppose if I had to pick one it would be Krista and Colum.

  22. That is just beautiful!

  23. I LOVE Krista and Colum. And, I'm sharing this on my FB.

  24. dohiyi mama says:

    Ailen and Jet Jazz is my favorite!

  25. dohiyi mama says:

    I like kate!

  26. bionicsquirrel says:

    Oh my, so beautiful. My favorite is Jessica and Miles.

    I like Kate!

  27. My favorite is Caitlin and Nico

  28. I like Kate!

  29. I love Krista and Colum!

  30. I like Kate

  31. The Gladys and Elizabeth is simply stunning!

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  32. Alien and Jet Jazz is my favorite but I really love them all.

  33. I like Kate

  34. Posted to twitter #breastfeeding #lactancia via @apapachame

  35. Michelle says:

    They are all beautiful! Gladys and Elizabeth are my favorite though, it took my breathe away when I first saw it. WOW!

  36. I like Kate!!

  37. Posted this to Facebook!

  38. My favorite is Krista & Colum!!

  39. Krista and Colum is my favorite, too.

  40. I like Kate!

  41. Krisztina and Finbar is one of my faves. But I love them all. It isn't bookish at all.

  42. Shawnna Baldwin says:

    Beautiful work! I shared it on my FB page http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/wytchmountain

  43. I like Kate.

  44. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be Krista and Colum. It's beautiful, like a butterfly emerging from it's Krisalis. πŸ™‚

  45. Shared this on my FB page too.

  46. Mom of 3 says:

    i liked krista and colum!

  47. Michelle says:

    I like Kate!

  48. I love all of them but my favorite has to be Gladys and Elizabeth. There is something about that one that just makes ma all warm and fuzzy inside. :]

  49. Dionna @ Code Name: Mama says:

    Gladys & Elizabeth or Krisztina and Finbar πŸ™‚

  50. Dionna @ Code Name: Mama says:

    I liked Kate!

  51. Amandaxo says:

    I looooove Caitlin and Nico!

  52. Amandaxo says:

    I like kate!

  53. siananigan says:

    Ailen and Jet Jaz I love this print, it's beautiful. I really love the gold leaf on all of the prints.

  54. DeclansMum says:

    She did a great job with the detailing in this painting. The way the sunlight hits the boy's head is amazing.

  55. I like Gladys and Elizabeth the best, but I'd also love to see a breastfeeding mom with tattoos.

  56. Anonymous says:

    I like Kate a lot!~ Christine Mamas

  57. Congratulations to Sondra Rose! Enjoy your print of Gladys and Elizabeth!