Just when you think things can't get any stupider, they do.
This news comes to us from our friends in the UK, but health experts in the United States are supporting this move.
MIDWIVES have been instructed to say “chestfeeding” instead of “breastfeeding” to be more trans-friendly.
Staff should also replace the term “mother” with “mother or birthing parent”.
“Breastmilk” should be described as “human milk” or “breast/chestmilk” or “milk from the feeding mother or parent”, according to Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
It is the first health trust to formally implement the “gender inclusive” policy for its maternity services — now to be known as “perinatal services”.
Other changes include replacing “woman” with “woman or person”, and “father” with “parent”, “co-parent” or “second biological parent”.
A policy document explained: “Gender identity can be a source of oppression and health inequality.
“We also recognise that there is currently biological essentialism and transphobia present within elements of mainstream birth narratives and discourse.”
ALCABIDECHE, PORTUGAL - FEBRUARY 10: Dr. Sofia Silva breastfeeds her 6-month baby while receiving the first dose of the vaccine on the day the health personnel and people belonging to the first group in line for immunity are being inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the vaccination center opened by Cascais Municipality in the Alcabideche Sports Complex during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic on February 10, 2021 in Alcabideche, Portugal. Henrique de Barros, from the Public Health Institute of the University of Porto, said on February 09 at INFARMED meeting Lisbon that if it is assumed that “70% of the Portuguese population will be vaccinated by the end of September, we can expect to leave the current situation at the end of Summer”. Portugal has suffered so far a confirmed total of infections of 770.502 and 14.557 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. (Photo by Horacio Villalobos#Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)