"Roman Charity - Pero nursing her father " (see related A | B | C | D | E | F | G), 1620 Bartolomeo Manfredi (1582-1622) Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Pero secretly breastfed her fatHer Cimon, who was sentenced to death by starvation. Her "Roman Charity" won admiration and the release of Cimon. Rumors assert that post-partum women in Nazi concentration camps nursed fellow-prisoners - amazing if true, since men-women were segregated and all were starved.
In addition to the shown related images there are other including those stressing mercy and "misericordia".
Medicine: finally current public health initiatives are prompting the creation of "breast milk banks" - much of this obviously needed facilities were lacking for decades, or rather centuries. Merchants stored milk but not human. To some degree the delay denotes a cultural insensitivity to the formerly relatively small number of surviving premature or small for gestation infants. Currently the numbers of such infants is epidemic and their survival much depends on access to human breast milk.