In search of the Black Mother: breastfeeding in art and life

Lactation Consultants of Great BritainSession Content 2015

Sarah Levitt MA FMA

Ernst Neuschul’s remarkable 1931 painting of “the Black Mother” is a highight of Leicester museums’ important collection of German Expressionist Art. Strikingly realistic, it captures a moment in time when traditional breastfeeding practices were giving way to the bottle.

Sarah Levitt, a costume historian by background, uses this picture as the starting point through an exploration of breastfeeding as seen through art.