Victorian women photographed breastfeeding their babies

Breastfeeding is controversial. 

Whilst many people argue it’s completely natural, normal and nothing that should be hidden away, others believe mothers shouldn’t nurse their infants in public.

There are lots of women – and some men – nowadays fighting to remove the stigma and taboo from breastfeeding, but it turns out many Victorian women were advocates of bringing their babies up on breastmilk.

Newly revealed photos show women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries breastfeeding their babies with pride for the camera. 

The photos reveal women with their babies on porches, sitting on blocks and in rocking chairs. 

Due to the rise of photography, it’s thought that a trend developed of breastfeeding mothers having photoshoots with their newborns.

But in the 1940s, more women moved on to nursing their babies with the formula after the new invention was encouraged by doctors.

Across the pond in the UK and the rest of Europe, wealthy families had wet nurses so the trend for breastfeeding photoshoots didn’t catch on.

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