Nursing in public in 1943

I recently came across a wonderful blog – Black Breastfeeding Blog (by author Jennifer James who has written for Mothering magazine, among others) – and found the following post particularly worth mentioning. The post includes pictures (from the Library of Congress) of a mother nursing her baby in public back in 1943. It seems evident from these photos that breastfeeding in public was not something to get up in arms about back then, it simply was what it was – a woman feeding her child.

Why have things changed so much in the past 60 years?

4 thoughts on “Nursing in public in 1943”

  1. I loved that picture – nobody was paying her any attention, as it should be…
    She did look a bit peeved though. Perhaps her bus was late? 🙂 Wasn’t it nice that she could focus on other things rather than offending other people for feeding her child.

  2. I have no answer to your question, but I love that blog! Thanks for posting about it.

    I nurse in Public all the time! Now that Zach s 22 mos old, I’m starting to get some looks becuase he’s getting pretty big, but I know that every time I breastfeed in public I am making it easier for someone else to do the same and hopefully changing our culture, one baby step at a time!

  3. Totally awesome!!

    My guess as to why it was OK was that she was from a “lower class.” My MIL was born around then and she FF bc it was only ok for poor and lower class women to BF. I wonder if a high society lady would have gotten away w/ it or if it was really acceptable back then.

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