The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has changed verbiage in its instructional materials, deleting the terms “breast” and “breastfeeding,” among others, in response to what critics call “woke” left-wing political pressures.
In a “Statement and Guideline” announcement, the organization said that it was adopting “desexed or gender-inclusive language” in favor of terms that “respect, promote, and fulfill the human rights of all LGBTI people.”
“Language, interpretation, and translation are constant considerations for ABM. We affirm that language has power,” the announcement says.
“This is demonstrated in linguistic relativity and determinism, both theories explaining how the structure of a language impacts thought and behavior,” it adds. “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.”
In particular, the organization has changed a number of terms to reflect its new LGBTI objectives, though some of them appear to defy fundamental biological knowledge.
Instead of “breast,” the new term has become “mammary gland,” and “breastfeeding” has been updated to include “breastfeeding, chestfeeding, lactating, expressing, [and] pumping.”
Also, “human milk feeding” has also been adopted by the organization.
“Breast milk” has been updated to “milk, human milk, mother’s own milk, parent’s milk,” and even “father’s milk,” though biological men are not able to birth children or create milk with their bodies.
The academy no longer recognizes “breastfeeding mother or nursing mother,” but instead will substitute those terms with “lactating parent, lactating person; combinations may be used for clarity, such as ‘’breastfeeding mothers and lactating parents.'”
The group has also adopted a position the American Medical Association took recently — dropping biological sex designations on birth certificates.
Rather than babies being born as “male” or “female,” the academy’s change reads “noted as male/female at birth or recorded as male/female at birth or assigned male/female at birth.”
And instead of “mother, father, birth mother” designations, the academy has adopted this language: “parent, gestational parent; combinations may be used for clarity, such as ‘mothers and gestational parents.'”
“Breastfeeding mother or nursing mother” has been replaced with “lactating parent, lactating person; combinations may be used for clarity, such as ‘breastfeeding mothers and lactating parents.'”
“Future research that includes transgender participants should be designed to improve our understanding of breastfeeding, chestfeeding, lactation, and the use of donated human milk in all people,” the announcement says.
“Specifically, we recommend that future studies at least (1) include broader gender categories, (2) not assume that lactation follows a birth, and (3) include information on history of hormone therapy and surgeries for transgender participants,” it adds.
Not all U.S.-based medical groups are on board with the woke language trend.
The College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) clapped back at the AMA’s recommendation that “male” and “female” be dropped from birth certificates, stating that the criticism the organization received for adopting that biologically incorrect position was “warranted.”
”The AMA is receiving warranted criticism after it called for removing sex markers on birth certificates, with an advisory committee arguing that their inclusion ‘perpetuates a view that [sex] is immutable,’” ACPeds said in a statement.
”Identifying sex in the public portion of the birth certificate affirms the scientific fact that sex is an innate and immutable binary trait of public significance; a trait determined by genetics at fertilization,” noted Dr. Michelle Cretella, ACPeds executive director.
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