Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Historical Breastfeeding Photo: Prairie Flower

After finding the historic Dorothy Lange photo, I was intrigued to look for other historic photos of mothers breastfeeding their babies. This one isn't as beautiful as the first one I found, but it's much older.

This photo shows Cynthia Ann Parker breastfeeding her daughter, Topsanna (Prairie Flower), circa 1860-1870. In 1836, at about ten years of age, Parker was kidnapped by Comanches from her home in central Texas, along with four others. She went on to adopt Indian ways and married an Indian warrior. She bore one daughter and two sons, one of whom was future chief Quanah. Photo courtesy Denver Public Library, Western History Collection.

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