World Breastfeeding Week | Breastfeeding Art from our Medela Mums Community #breastfeedinginart
We always knew our Medela Mums community were passionate and talented and so this World Breastfeeding Week, we asked them to send in their breastfeeding art for a very special competition. Whether it was a painting, drawing or even a poem, we wanted to share these Mums very special passion for breastfeeding - enjoy! #breastfeedinginartWe always knew our Medela Mums community were passionate and talented and so this World Breastfeeding Week, we asked them to send in their breastfeeding art for a very special competition. Whether it was a painting, drawing or even a poem, we wanted to share these Mums very special passion for breastfeeding - enjoy! #breastfeedinginart
Throughout July, we ran a competition on our Facebook and Instagram pages for our Medela Mums community to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with us through their breastfeeding art.
We were blown away by the creativity and talent in the Breastfeeding in Art entries, with everything from paintings to poems, cake to craft, we wanted to share our top 14 entries here and celebrate just how wonderful they all are. We know each breastfeeding experience is unique and deeply personal, so sharing this in a creative way is just so wonderful to see. You go mamas!
You can read more about the top 14 entries below, but we’ll also be sharing the entries over on our Facebook and Instagram pages this week, so stay tuned to find out the winner!
Rachel’s piece is called ‘The Golden Touch’ – we love how it really shows off the connection between mama and baby.
Alexandra Harvey – this abstract piece from Alexandra is just stunning, such beautiful colours!
This powerful piece in ink is by Joel Sydenham – “The piece depicts the exchange of energy from a mother to a child. Being of mixed heritage I have a completely different skin tone from my mother. Although I used an abstract approach while painting the skin, I made the mother and child different colours. For me, this further illustrates the miracle of maternity.”
We love this stunning traditional piece of Indian folk art from My Thikala – she says “I breastfed my daughter for over 2 years and it’s close to my heart. This is an Indian courtyard where a mother nurses her newborn while her pregnant friend visits – women supporting each other is powerful!”
Zainab has perfectly captured Mother Earth feeding here – she says: “I sketched a picture of a strong and resilient mum breastfeeding her infant. It symbolises just one of many mums around the world. Her wings show how important she is to her baby as she brings her baby into the world and becomes her main carer. Through her baby's eyes she is an angel and can conquer the world! The power of a woman is endless and limitless. As a first-time mum and through my breastfeeding struggles I see how important it is that I got to bond with my baby through breastfeeding so it is something I feel very close to my heart.”
Alex’s picture is inspired by a photo posted by celeb mum and Medela fan Millie Mackintosh. Alex says: “This original was created reusing old tissue paper, old painted colour chips, old card (black & white) & reusing a tea bag.
Other mediums include acrylic, watercolour, oil pastels, pencil, fine liner & coloured pencil.” So creative and using so many different techniques – love it Alex!
Amanda’s simple yet effective embroidery is just wonderful. She says: “I chose to embroider one of my favourite breastfeeding pictures from when my daughter was 2 months old. We made it to 21 months of feeding when my daughter self-weaned and I'm excited to go again in November when my baby is born, I think I'll be trying to do another picture then too! I'm new to this style of embroidery and I enjoyed it very much
Daniella’s picture is simply stunning – pumping and feeding all at once – you go girl! She says: “Painted with inks in between breastfeeding, pumping and taking care of my 5 month old girl Mylah, I thought we needed to celebrate the fact that we are all Wonderwomen!”
We love the blue tones of Hayley’s oil painting, based on a photo of around 3 months into breastfeeding her daughter.
Jessica’s poem is about breastfeeding through becoming a single parent – such powerful words from a powerful mama!
Katie’s entry was a present for a close friend. She drew this simple sketch of the first latch, and later gave it to her as a first birthday present for their little girl.
Nicola’s piece is based on “The Empress, with her crown of twelve stars and enthroned among wheat, is traditionally a representation of fertility, growth, nature and the things one knows in their heart, which I thought was a pretty great image for a breastfeeding mama.”
Poppy’s embroidered piece was done after nursing! She says: “This is freehand stitching onto a recycled muslin that has seen many milky leaks and burps. Done whilst my nursling slept on my lap after her liquid gold lunch. 18 months into our breastfeeding journey on Saturday. It’s been the hardest and most important and wonderful thing I've ever done.”.
Tiarna emptied her cupboards to find materials for this fantastic shot! She says: “The photo shows a boob with the black brushes symbolising milk ducts. Then around Arabella is what I would class as a flower which I’ve put there to show that my milk is helping her grow and develop like a flower has roots which feed it to let it blossom.”
Thank you so much to everyone who entered our competition – we had a great time looking through them and picking the winner will be so difficult!