This Artist Creates Breastfeeding Mermaids (And Yep, It's Awesome)

Um, can we be part of her world ASAP?!

A lifelong artist, Lissa James had always painted with acrylics—until her now 2-year-old daughter, Violet, was born and changed her world. One day while breastfeeding, James became inspired to paint with watercolors. Her first piece of watercolor artwork was of herself and daughter as mermaids, and with that, she was hooked. The artist started painted watercolors of women breastfeeding their babies as mermaids, and now she's painted dozens of beautiful 'under the sea' images for all sorts of mamas.


The #Gerberadaisy in the room next to mine delivered her #babysbreath naturally without any #epidural and claims that her #christianlouboutin So Kate 120 Python Point-Toe Pumps acted as a natural #laborpain control manager. Now @stonybrookmedicine is wanting to do a randomized controlled study to see if the #loubs truly work or if this is an isolated incident. Anyone interested in being a part of the pilot study should post a selfie wearing a baby bump and stilettos and tag @stonybrookmedicine and @flowerswithlegs -- In all seriousness this image was a conceptual collaboration between me and my doctor Isabel Eisner MD - and it's going on the #hospistu gallery wall. Also she will be joining me in my studio tomorrow for an hour of painting together so stay tuned. Also a quick shoutout to Mike Chadwick for the gorgeous bouquet without which I would have had no baby's breath for this piece! It came at just the right time. #thisisbedrest #32weekswithabrokenwater #currentlygrowingahuman #bebeboywhalen #whatdoesntkillyoumakesyoupaint #paintinginhospitalswithdoctors

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"I quickly fell in love with the art of mixing the empowerment of women with the fantasy and beauty of mermaids," she told Fit Pregnancy. Empowering women is something James knows all about, as she writes about her personal experiences in parenting and in life on her blog, Bumblebee Lullabies, which she started as a way to channel and connect with other moms. Here, she shows support to those struggling with postpartum, PTSD, anxiety and more. With her Mermamame series, she's continuing her mission. "My hope is to unite all mothers and families, regardless of parenting styles or feeding preferences," she said.


The #Gerberadaisy in the room next to mine delivered her #babysbreath naturally without any #epidural and claims that her #christianlouboutin So Kate 120 Python Point-Toe Pumps acted as a natural #laborpain control manager. Now @stonybrookmedicine is wanting to do a randomized controlled study to see if the #loubs truly work or if this is an isolated incident. Anyone interested in being a part of the pilot study should post a selfie wearing a baby bump and stilettos and tag @stonybrookmedicine and @flowerswithlegs -- In all seriousness this image was a conceptual collaboration between me and my doctor Isabel Eisner MD - and it's going on the #hospistu gallery wall. Also she will be joining me in my studio tomorrow for an hour of painting together so stay tuned. Also a quick shoutout to Mike Chadwick for the gorgeous bouquet without which I would have had no baby's breath for this piece! It came at just the right time. #thisisbedrest #32weekswithabrokenwater #currentlygrowingahuman #bebeboywhalen #whatdoesntkillyoumakesyoupaint #paintinginhospitalswithdoctors

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She's also picking up on another Instagram trend—freeing the nipple. "I believe in the equality of men and women, which is why a lot of my mermaids have their nipples exposed," she says. "I do this with my art to encourage equal rights by helping to normalize breastfeeding."


The #Gerberadaisy in the room next to mine delivered her #babysbreath naturally without any #epidural and claims that her #christianlouboutin So Kate 120 Python Point-Toe Pumps acted as a natural #laborpain control manager. Now @stonybrookmedicine is wanting to do a randomized controlled study to see if the #loubs truly work or if this is an isolated incident. Anyone interested in being a part of the pilot study should post a selfie wearing a baby bump and stilettos and tag @stonybrookmedicine and @flowerswithlegs -- In all seriousness this image was a conceptual collaboration between me and my doctor Isabel Eisner MD - and it's going on the #hospistu gallery wall. Also she will be joining me in my studio tomorrow for an hour of painting together so stay tuned. Also a quick shoutout to Mike Chadwick for the gorgeous bouquet without which I would have had no baby's breath for this piece! It came at just the right time. #thisisbedrest #32weekswithabrokenwater #currentlygrowingahuman #bebeboywhalen #whatdoesntkillyoumakesyoupaint #paintinginhospitalswithdoctors

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Get inspired by James' paintings on her Instagram and check out some more below:



The #Gerberadaisy in the room next to mine delivered her #babysbreath naturally without any #epidural and claims that her #christianlouboutin So Kate 120 Python Point-Toe Pumps acted as a natural #laborpain control manager. Now @stonybrookmedicine is wanting to do a randomized controlled study to see if the #loubs truly work or if this is an isolated incident. Anyone interested in being a part of the pilot study should post a selfie wearing a baby bump and stilettos and tag @stonybrookmedicine and @flowerswithlegs -- In all seriousness this image was a conceptual collaboration between me and my doctor Isabel Eisner MD - and it's going on the #hospistu gallery wall. Also she will be joining me in my studio tomorrow for an hour of painting together so stay tuned. Also a quick shoutout to Mike Chadwick for the gorgeous bouquet without which I would have had no baby's breath for this piece! It came at just the right time. #thisisbedrest #32weekswithabrokenwater #currentlygrowingahuman #bebeboywhalen #whatdoesntkillyoumakesyoupaint #paintinginhospitalswithdoctors

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The #Gerberadaisy in the room next to mine delivered her #babysbreath naturally without any #epidural and claims that her #christianlouboutin So Kate 120 Python Point-Toe Pumps acted as a natural #laborpain control manager. Now @stonybrookmedicine is wanting to do a randomized controlled study to see if the #loubs truly work or if this is an isolated incident. Anyone interested in being a part of the pilot study should post a selfie wearing a baby bump and stilettos and tag @stonybrookmedicine and @flowerswithlegs -- In all seriousness this image was a conceptual collaboration between me and my doctor Isabel Eisner MD - and it's going on the #hospistu gallery wall. Also she will be joining me in my studio tomorrow for an hour of painting together so stay tuned. Also a quick shoutout to Mike Chadwick for the gorgeous bouquet without which I would have had no baby's breath for this piece! It came at just the right time. #thisisbedrest #32weekswithabrokenwater #currentlygrowingahuman #bebeboywhalen #whatdoesntkillyoumakesyoupaint #paintinginhospitalswithdoctors

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The #Gerberadaisy in the room next to mine delivered her #babysbreath naturally without any #epidural and claims that her #christianlouboutin So Kate 120 Python Point-Toe Pumps acted as a natural #laborpain control manager. Now @stonybrookmedicine is wanting to do a randomized controlled study to see if the #loubs truly work or if this is an isolated incident. Anyone interested in being a part of the pilot study should post a selfie wearing a baby bump and stilettos and tag @stonybrookmedicine and @flowerswithlegs -- In all seriousness this image was a conceptual collaboration between me and my doctor Isabel Eisner MD - and it's going on the #hospistu gallery wall. Also she will be joining me in my studio tomorrow for an hour of painting together so stay tuned. Also a quick shoutout to Mike Chadwick for the gorgeous bouquet without which I would have had no baby's breath for this piece! It came at just the right time. #thisisbedrest #32weekswithabrokenwater #currentlygrowingahuman #bebeboywhalen #whatdoesntkillyoumakesyoupaint #paintinginhospitalswithdoctors

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