Follow The Science: New Guidelines Suggest Father’s Milk ‘Chestfeeding’ Is A Thing, Mothers Can Be Relegated To ‘Lactating Persons’

The Democrats’ war on women continues apace.

The public already witnessed congressional Democrats, led by Rep. Cori Bush, refer to pregnant women as “birthing people.”

This past week, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky issued a tweet saying the “increased risk of severe illness for pregnant people make vaccination against #COVID19 more urgent than ever.”

So, why shouldn’t the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine follow?

The ABM recently issued guidelines on how to refer to those who breastfeed, and noted that it was retooling some wording to be “affirming and “inclusive.”

“Language has power,” the group said in its statement. “Implicit biases affect the language we use, and thereby contribute to gender inequality and health inequities, which contribute, in turn, to rising morbidity and mortality of vulnerable populations.”

To help end that, the group says, “the 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.”

“To be inclusive of all people in our written materials, use of desexed or gender-inclusive language (e.g., using ‘lactating person’ instead of ‘mother’) is appropriate in many settings. In some situations, however, use of sex-specific language may be preferable, for reasons we state hereunder. In such cases, our readership should be aware that the intention of our written materials, such as protocols and position statements, is to be inclusive of all breastfeeding/chestfeeding and human milk-feeding individuals. With individual families, it is important to ask about and use the pronouns and words with which they identify.”

Of course, the ABM cowardly acknowledges that its policy will only be in effect in the U.S. and other Western nations – where tolerance of the LGBT community abounds.

“Although the ABM recognizes that diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity occurs worldwide, there are many heteronormative and cisnormative countries where being anything but heterosexual and cisgender is illegal, and where such individuals are subject to legal and illegal persecution,” the group noted.

“Although we affirm and support gender-diverse lactating persons around the world, using desexed or gender-inclusive language in places where being LGBTQI+ is illegal may do more harm than good and prevent important information from reaching families. In such settings, documents that use desexed or gender-inclusive language may be censored, and readers who possess documents with such language, or authors who wish to write documents with such language, could be subject to arrest, persecution, or other sanctions.”

The ABM also provided helpful examples.

For example, instead of the terms mother, father, and birth mother, one could use “gestational parent” or ‘‘mothers and gestational parents.’’

Breast now becomes “mammary gland,” and breastfeeding will be “chestfeeding, lactating, expressing, pumping, human milk feeding. Breast milk will be discussed as “human milk, mother’s own milk, parent’s milk, father’s milk.” And where most of the human race understood women handled breastfeeding, that role now belongs to the “lactating parent” or “lactating person.”

In its summary, the ABM notes, “Sociocultural and legal landscapes, as well as language variability and translatability of gendered terms related to parenting and breastfeeding, may limit our ability to use gender-inclusive language to provide clear recommendations around the world.”

“This does not negate our recognition of and support for the diversity and complexities in the human experience of infant feeding and bonding,” the group adds.

The ABM declares on its website that it “has been bringing doctors together to provide evidence-based solutions to the challenges facing breastfeeding across the globe.”

Remember that, and the term “father’s milk,” the next time someone tells you to “follow the science.”

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