Hospital drops “breast milk” for “chest milk” to be inclusive of transgender people

by Peter Heck · Feb 10th, 2021 3:15 pm

Last Updated Feb 13th, 2021 at 3:48 pm

Brighton and Sussex University Hospital in England has issued a directive to all midwives and those assisting new births: terms like "breastfeeding" and "breast milk" will be replaced with "human milk," "chest milk," or "milk from the feeding mother or parents."

The decision has been made in an effort to be more inclusive of transgender people, making the hospital the first in the country to cater their language to LGBT preferences.

"Gender identity can be a source of oppression and health inequality. We are consciously using the words 'women' and 'people' together to make it clear that we are committed to working on addressing health inequalities for all those who use our services," the hospital said in a statement.

"As midwives and birth workers, we focus on improving access and health outcomes for marginalized and disadvantaged groups. Women are frequently disadvantaged in healthcare, as are trans and nonbinary people."

The institution will now refer to its maternity ward as the "perinatal services" department and will avoid the word "mothers," swapping it instead with "birthing parents."


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