Breastfeeding art goes viral

If you follow any breastfeeding or parenting groups on Facebook you’ve probably seen the Tree of Life breastfeeding pictures by now.  I’m not usually one to jump on bandwagons, but I couldn’t resist this one.


The idea was started by Cassandra E, a mum from California, US, who posted a photo to a breastfeeding support group of herself nursing her 13 month old with a tree of life connecting them. Here is Cassandra’s original picture (published here with permission):

Cassandra’s idea took off and now thousands of nursing mums have created tree of life nursing art and posted them to social media using the hashtags #TreeOfLife #NormaliseBreastfeeding and #NormalizeBreastfeeding.

via Instagram @aija88

The trend is bringing mothers together in a public display of solidarity and support for breastfeeding.  Many women have spent hours creating the art for other mothers. I posted my photo to a breastfeeding group and within minutes had 12 tree of life images lovingly created for me by mothers I have never met.  In just three days Cassandra has created over 500 images for other mothers.  Cassandra has set up an Instagram account to share some of the images she has created. Find her on Instagram at @keeponboobin.


The photos are a beautiful symbol of the importance of breastfeeding, representing life’s journey and the sacred bond between a mother and her nursing child.


via Instagram @erikariderr

Find out how to create your own #treeoflife nursing art here and share them online with the hashtags #TreeOfLife #NormaliseBreastfeeding #NormalizeBreastfeeding.


via Instagram @fairymoodoodles



  1. mackenzieglanville | 18th Dec 16

    wow I have never seen these, just beautiful

    • Lucy's Locket | 18th Dec 16

      They’ve been all over my Facebook for the last few days. I just LOVE them. They make me smile every time I see them xx

  2. ERF Mama | 19th Dec 16

    So so beautiful! 😀
    I’ve seen similar before and it’s just as beautiful every time I see it. 😀


  3. Laura (@dearbearandbean) | 19th Dec 16

    I’ve seen these popping up on my Instagram feed all week and I just love the idea. I really wish I had photos of me breastfeeding my girls, but it was not something I ever thought to get someone to take a picture of me doing. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Lucy's Locket | 19th Dec 16

      That’s a shame. I have a few but this has encouraged me to take photos more often.

  4. mummymiller | 19th Dec 16

    I’ve seen a few of these popping up on Instagram and they’re beautiful! #KCACOLS

  5. Catie | 19th Dec 16

    Thank you for explaining I saw this on IG and wondered what it was all about. I love the Starry Night picture. Thank you for linking up to #EatSleepBlogRT ????

    • Lucy's Locket | 19th Dec 16

      No problem! I’m loving the photos and happy to do my bit to spread the word ????

  6. rachelbustin | 21st Dec 16

    I wondered how they were made. So beautiful.

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    Happy Christmas! xx

  7. bigfitfam | 21st Dec 16

    I like what these pictures have to say #ABloggingGoodTime

  8. Hayley@MissionMindfulness | 22nd Dec 16

    Really good to know a little bit about the background to these images. Thanks for the info. lovely to see mummy and baby bonding in pics. #kcacols xx

  9. thesingleswan | 23rd Dec 16

    These are absolutely beautiful. I love them. Pen x #KCACOLS

  10. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons | 24th Dec 16

    I absolutely love these, it’s such a beautiful way of sharing that connection and celebrating breastfeeding. I’ve loved seeing them pop up all over my social media this past couple of weeks. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Lucy's Locket | 28th Dec 16

      So have I. I’ve felt a real sense of connection and support for other breastfeeding mamas. I love it!


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