“When [Jesus] sucked the milk of Mary, He was suckling all with Life. While He was lying on His Mother’s bosom, in His bosom were all creatures lying. He was silent as a Babe, and yet He was making His creatures execute all His commands.” (Hymns on the Nativity, Hymn 3)
“And they stood in the place of the cave: and behold a bright cloud overshadowing the cave. And [Mary’s] midwife said: My soul is magnified this day, because mine eyes have seen marvellous things: for salvation is born unto Israel. And immediately the cloud withdrew itself out of the cave, and a great light appeared in the cave so that our eyes could not endure it. And by little and little that light withdrew itself until the young child appeared: and it went and took the breast of its mother Mary.” (Protoevangelium of S. James)
“At the Wednesday General Audience the other day there was a young mother behind one of the barriers with a baby that was just a few months old. The child was crying its eyes out as I came past. The mother was caressing it. I said to her: madam, I think the child’s hungry. ‘Yes, it’s probably time…’ she replied. ‘Please give it something to eat!’ I said. She was shy and didn’t want to breastfeed in public, while the Pope was passing.” – Pope Francis
“One of the earliest depictions (if not the earliest depiction) of Mary, this is Our Lady as painted in the Priscilla Catacombs, ca. A.D. 250” – Fisheaters.com
Modesty is in her downward gaze, closed mouth, a child in her lap, and a forward-facing nipple to show her maternity.
Kid in the background’s like, hey how come I didn’t get invited to this portrait session?
And here we have the best breastfeeding cover ever made:
Nursing has not only just been for babies…
Baby reaches for mama and she responds with warmth on her face and in her breast…
Their hands! Their hands! My heart bursts.
After a night of imbibing in too much breast milk…
Breastfeeding is calming even in the midst of chaos…
She’s got that new nursing mother glow…
Who needs Holy Water when you have breast milk?
According to StPetersList.com, the next painting “depicts the spiritual nourishing of St. Bernard by the milk of Our Lady, based on this legendary mystical experience: Bernard prayed before a statue of the Madonna, asking her, ‘Show yourself a mother’ (‘Monstra te esse Matrem’). The statue came to life and and squirted milk from the breast onto the Saint’s lips.”
He was lofty
but He sucked Mary’s milk,
and from His blessings all creation sucks.
He is the Living Breast of living breath;
by His life the dead were suckled, and they revived.
Without the breath of air no one can live;
without the power of the Son no one can rise.
Upon the living breath of the One Who vivifies all
depend the living beings above and below.
As indeed He sucked Mary’s milk,
He has given suck — life to the universe.
As again He dwelt in His mother’s womb,
in His womb dwells all creation.
(St. Ephraem’s Hymns on the Nativity)