Thursday, August 5, 2010

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!

61 comments:

  1. 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.

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  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!

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  3. 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.

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  4. I love Gladys and Elizabeth :) It reminds me of my sister and niece <3

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

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

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

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  8. I shared this on facebook :D http://www.facebook.com/breech.uc?v=wall&story_fbid=131569833552759&ref=mf

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  9. Alexandrea FinneyAugust 5, 2010 at 3:31 PM

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

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

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  11. Alexandrea FinneyAugust 5, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    I like Kate!! <3

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  12. 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

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  13. Alexandrea FinneyAugust 5, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    And I shared on fb. Whoo-hoo!

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

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  15. This Bookish mama likes Kate!!!
    jaime.brewster@yahoo.com

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

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  17. Ailen and Jet Jazz is my favorite!

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

    I like Kate!

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  19. My favorite is Caitlin and Nico

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  20. I shared this giveaway via FB

    myajdwbr@yahoo.com

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  21. The Gladys and Elizabeth is simply stunning!

    vbrady15 *at* hotmail *dot* com

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

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

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

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  25. My favorite is Krista & Colum!!

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  26. Krista and Colum is my favorite, too.

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

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  28. I like Kate. Krisalis
    blindinglight105@yahoo.com

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

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  30. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be Krista and Colum. It's beautiful, like a butterfly emerging from it's Krisalis. :)

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  31. Shared this on my FB page too.

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  32. 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. :]

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  33. Gladys & Elizabeth or Krisztina and Finbar :)

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

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

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

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  37. I like Kate a lot!~ Christine Mamas

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

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