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Dec242009

Video: Images of Baby Jesus Breastfeeding

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In case you weren’t a fan of the nativity scene comic, cleanse your palate with these images of Jesus breastfeeding.




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Reader Comments (10)

beautiful, and totally natural.Just the way it was all created.

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDesalie Lowe

The biggest thing I got out of this is how NON-sexualized all of these images are. Breastfeeding is natural and decent. It is not disgusting or immodest. Beautiful video. Loved seeing all of the different works throughout time, all showing the same message. :)

December 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTracie

I'd like to know the names of some of the images.

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten

Interesting to see all the "Nursing dresses" from hundreds of years ago!

It was definitely obvious that many of the artists used actual nursing mothers as models, or at least were very familiar with the behavior of nursing toddlers, what with all the stretched boobs as baby turned to look at the artist, or the babies twiddling on the unused breast. And was that Joseph on one breast in one of the pictures???? LOL!

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKnitted in the Womb

I agree. Totally accurate "snapshots" of nursing. One of them even had an older baby doing that nipple twiddling thing. Mary needed a nursing necklace for the baby to play with!

December 28, 2009 | Registered CommenterJill

What?? Mary didn't have a nursing cover??

Just kidding of course. I love this collage. This is why I have never felt uncomfortable nursing at mass.

December 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

p.s. I feel old school today calling it a collage. Montage would be the right word?

December 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

@ Knitted Womb - the other man in the image of Mary nursing Christ was probably a saint - my bet would be St Bernard of Clairvaux, who is commonly associated with visions of drinking Mary's milk. (There are other images showing him venerating an image of Mary and Jesus, with milk basically squirting out of Mary's breast into his mouth.) Mary's milk was believed to have miraculous properties in the Middle Ages and early modern period, because it was Christ's food. Women were also commonly exhorted by the clergy to breastfeed their own babies (at a time when many noblewomen used wetnurses.) There is a beautiful painting in the Prado Museum in Madrid showing Mary enthroned in heaven with Jesus, with milk spurting out of her breasts, going down. When you follow the milk down with your eyes you see it is falling into Purgatory, where the souls are lifting up their hands reaching for it, because it brings them relief and comfort from their sufferings. (there are analogous images using Christ's body - people and the saints literally nursing the wound in Christ's side, a parallel image about the saving power of Christ's blood.) I know, I know too much info!

December 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I love images of the Blessed Virgin breastfeeding the Christ child. I have also seen beautiful photos of women nursing at the Vatican or while speaking with Bishops with not a cover in sight, just breastfeeding out in the open as normal as can be. Seen as a totally normal experience. I have also heard that at the Vatican mothers are encouraged to breastfeed before the babies are baptized to help calm them. You know get them all punch drunk on the momma milk.

Thanks for sharing the video!

December 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbeth aka confusedhomemaker

Beautiful pictures and a song that makes me cry every time I hear it!

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStubber
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