8 Unexpected Artworks of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding has been and continues to be a favorite subject in art. Artists from ancient to modern times have been creating masterpieces depicting a mother nurturing her young. Don’t believe me?

Just take a look at this ancient Egyptian black stone figurine of a snake goddess breastfeeding a young one. It’s estimated the sculpture was created around 724-333 BCE.

Even famous artists like Renaissance masters Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michaelango have their own versions of a breastfeeding mother, famously known as Madonna and Child. And taking a look at the works of contemporary artists will tell us the topic has remained hot all this time.

Want more proof? Here are 9 unexpected breastfeeding art from today’s artists.

The Modern Princess Takes a “Creepy” Turn

This painting of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, has been hailed as “creepy.” It must be that halo. The painting also shows Kate breastfeeding a royal baby who is wearing a crown. The artwork is created by Kaya Mar, a London-based artist who is well-known for his satirical caricatures of famous people.

Mona Lisa and Child

She still has her signature mysterious smile. I wonder what she’s smiling about this time? She must be happy she’s feeding and bonding with her baby.

Snow White Breastfeeding ‘Happily Ever After’

We all know Snow White and how her story ended “happily ever after.” But what happens after that? If you’ve ever asked that question, Deviantart artist Fulvio84 tries to give you a glimpse of what life for this princess might have looked like after her storybook ending.

Wonder Milk

Wonder Woman has many adoring fans. And why not? She is, after all the complete package of beauty, brains and brawn. Add to that nurturing. One fan of the ultimate dream girl has depicted her as a nurturing mother who breastfeeds her baby in this image. I wonder if her milk would be called “Wonder Milk”?

Star Wars’ Leia Breastfeeds the Twins

One of Star Wars’ greatest heroes, Leia, takes after her parents when it comes to dedication and bravery (and passing on the twin genes). But she shows her nurturing side in these images of her breastfeeding her twins Jaina and Jaden.

Milk of the Sphinx

Octomantic chose to illustrate the Greek version of the sphinx, a  mythical female creature with the haunches of a lion, the wings of a bird and a human face. In contrast to the sphinx’s most common description of being treacherous and merciless, this image shows the creature’s soft side while breastfeeding her young.


Breastfeeding is still a hot topic, not just in the news but in art as well.


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Additional Image: Kaya Mar



Juvy Garcia
Juvy Garcia
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