Breastfeeding Academy Bails on 'Breasts'

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I’m sorry, but breasts are being bounced.

In the nightclub sense, that is — they’re being shown the door.

Many will surely miss them.

Adding insult to injury, the source of the dictate supports things that lactate.

Via an announcement last week, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine delivered news that some will say sucks: The group’s upgrading its ethics by adopting “desexed or gender-inclusive language.”

Though the organization features “breast” in its very name, it’ll no longer tout the term as a prime “lactation-related” reference.

ABM seeks a happy medium between science and “care”:

[ABM] is a global community of physicians and affiliates working to reduce the gap between clinical care and scientific knowledge by creating internationally applicable evidence-based protocols. Language, interpretation, and translation are constant considerations…

The Academy asserts that “language has power,” and it’s standing against “gender inequality and health inequities” — those contribute “to rising morbidity and mortality of vulnerable populations.”

Hence, ABM’s “acting in accordance with the United Nations and World Health Organization 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.”

Prioritized: the “specific UN and WHO call for ‘ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people.'”

“To this end,” the press releases promises, “ABM is committed to working with communities to identify…inclusive language…”

Brass tacks: When mentioning milking, don’t be a boob.

[T]he ABM recognizes that not all people who give birth and lactate identify as female, and that some of these individuals identify as neither female nor male.

A provided list of traditional terms and suggested substitutions reads as follows:

OLD: breast
NEW: mammary gland

OLD: breastfeeding
NEW: breastfeeding, chestfeeding, lactating, expressing, pumping…

And in case the neighbors fear you’re filling your infant with monkey milk:

NEW: human milk feeding

There’s nothing quite like father’s milk::

OLD: breast milk
NEW: milk, human milk, mother’s own milk, parent’s milk, father’s milk

OLD: breastfeeding mother or nursing mother
NEW: lactating parent, lactating person; combinations may be used for clarity, such as ‘‘breastfeeding mothers and lactating parents’’

As for pronouns…

OLD: she, her, hers he, him, his
NEW: they/them (if gender is not specified)

Women and men are no longer born:

OLD: born male/female (as applied to people who identify as anything but cisgender)
NEW: noted as male/female at birth or recorded as male/female at birth or assigned male/female at birth

And the motherlode:

OLD: mother, father, birth mother
NEW: parent, gestational parent; combinations may be used for clarity, such as ‘‘mothers and gestational parents’’

OLD: breastfeeding mother or nursing mother
NEW: lactating parent, lactating person; combinations may be used for clarity, such as ‘‘breastfeeding mothers and lactating parents’’

Of course, ABM’s late to the party.

In June, the Federal Reserve put the kibosh on “he,” “she,” “his,” and “hers.”

The White House is hip:

The Practicing Midwife practices progress:

And Columbia’s medical school is squatting over science:

Back to non-maternal lactating persons, ABM christens its language lift “a complement to ABM Clinical Protocal 33: Lactation Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Plus Patients.”

I’m not sure how lesbianism — or, for that matter, male homosexuality — could affect the workings of the female feeding system, but perhaps better safe than sorry.

ABM did note some exceptions to using woke words: if the new terms defy language or culture, or if the person involved enjoys the archaic.

Enlightened as the Academy may be, there’s more science to follow.

ABM’s located in sophisticated Chicago; but evidently, it could take a tip from Texas — where they do everything bigger.

Breastfeeding experts, the nurturing news has leaked:

-ALEX

 

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