Breastfeeding, 18th-century caricature

Breastfeeding, 18th-century caricature

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Credit: MIRIAM AND IRA D. WALLACH DIVISION OF ART, PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS/NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Breastfeeding, 18th-century caricature. Titled 'The Fashionable Mamma, or The Convenience of Modern Dress', this artwork shows a nursemaid holding a baby to its mother's breast to allow it to feed. The mention of 'The Pocket Hole' (bottom right) refers to the slits in the woman's clothing made to allow breastfeeding, which was then in fashion. The portrait at top left ('Maternal Love') shows a more maternal form of breastfeeding. This caricature, published in London in February 1796, is by the British artist James Gillray (1756-1815).

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