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Why is "breast" inappropriate but "mammary gland" is fine? Men also have breasts!

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TABLE 1. SUGGESTED TERMS IN BREASTFEEDING AND HUMAN LACTATION

Traditional terms : Gender-inclusive terms: Clinical contexts

mother, father, birth mother : parent, gestational parent; combinations may be used for clarity, such as “mothers and gestational parents” : Ask the patient(s) for their affirmed terminology

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

breast : mammary gland

breastfeeding breastfeeding, chestfeeding, lactating, expressing, pumping, human milk feeding

breast milk : milk, human milk, mother's own milk, parent’s milk, father's milk

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

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


The terms on the left are not incorrect and are appropriate in many settings, but terms in the middle column are suitable substitutes when gender-inclusive language is appropriate.

"Father's Milk" is definitely a porn title out there somewhere 🤢

Position Statement and Guideline from the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine: Infant Feeding and Lactation-Related Language and Gender

(from SwipeWright)