The art of breastfeeding

Bojana Cokić
Children’s Hospital, Zajecar, Serbia (Summer 2016)

 

Breastfeeding is the greatest and most precious gift of nature that a mother can give to her child. It is the foundation of life, a healthy start strengthening the bond between mother and child. The mother feels warmth and love when she embraces her child. The child feels serenity, joy, and warmth when she kisses her mother. Breastfeeding has inspired artists for centuries, dating as far back as ancient Egypt and continuing into modern times.

 

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Isis Nursing Horus, Louvre – Egyptian antiquity 

 

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Capitoline Wolf, Traditional scholarship says the wolf-figure is Etruscan, 5th century BC, with figures of Romulus and Remus added in the 15th century AD by Antonio Pollaiuolo

 

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The Birth of the Milky Way, Peter Paul Rubens, 1636-1637, Madrid, Museo del Prado

 

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Gypsy Woman with Baby, Amedeo Clemente Modigliani, 1919, National Gallery of Art

 

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Diego Rivera, Motherhood, Angelina and the Child Diego, 1916, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil

 

 

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Bojana Cokić, MD, is a pediatrician specialized in clinical genetics at the Children’s Hispital in Zajecar, Serbia where she was Head of the Department of Pediatrics from 1986 to 2004 and now Head of the Neonatology Service since 2007. In 1992 she introduced a registry for congenital anomalies and in 2009 she established the Association for Downs Syndrome in Zajecar.