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Mama & wife. Breastfeeding advocate & lactation educator. IBCLC in training & wannabe fashionista. I write about breastfeeding, motherhood, and breastfeeding style. 

Breastfeeding in South Asian art

I came across a beautiful picture of Lord Krishna being breastfed by his foster mother Yashoda. A little Googling led me to some more stunners. The first pic is my favorite, but the others are incredible as well. Check them out:


I really wish I knew who painted this!


A traditional Mysore painting


Artist unknown, ca. 1890, Calcutta, India


Kalighat painting


Krishna's Foster-Mother, Yashoda, with the Infant Krishna
India (Tamil Nadu, Pudukkottai and Tanjavur districts)
Chola period, early 12th century
Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by NiccolΓ² Caranti


    A couple of little things I noticed:
  • Yashoda is not his birth mother. Does that mean she induced lactation to breastfeed him? Fenugreek is used a lot in Indian cooking, so I bet that came into play :)
    Of course, it's quite possible she was breastfeeding other children. I'm probably getting excited about nothing.
  • He is definitely not an infant in those first two pics. A toddler or maybe even older? It's a beautiful depiction of long term breastfeeding.
    There's a pic that E and I took last year that has a similar vibe.

Have you come across any breastfeeding art (religious or secular) that you love?

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