Scholarly literature about Western Art is silent on the iconographic inclusion of the Virgin nursing the Christ Child in images of the Holy Family. This paper explores two interpretations of Mary nursing in Holy Family scenes and how the Instrumentum Laboris for the Synod on the Family (2015-16) elucidates God’s plan for the family as revealed in these depictions.
"Maria 'Lactans' in Depictions of the Holy Family,"
Vol. 66, Article 9.
Available at: https://ecommons.udayton.edu/marian_studies/vol66/iss1/9