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Breastfeeding Group Hit With Backlash From Conservative Moms For Including Trans People

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La Leche League is an organization which aids parents in their breastfeeding journey, or sometimes their chestfeeding journey—a term they’ve adopted to be more inclusive of nonbinary and trans-masculine parents.

However, this level of inclusivity is rankling some folks.

Members of a British social media platform called Mumsnet were quick to jump on criticizing the inclusive language.

According to The New York Post, one mother stated:

“I was a La Leche League leader for many years and am very upset to see how the organization has lost its focus on the mother and baby.”

“LLLGB should not be promoting the idea that males can induce lactation to feed a baby.”

“There is no evidence to say this is safe, only an anecdotal example of a case where a doctor in the US enabled this to happen using off label drugs.”

Unsurprisingly, this quote is rife with misinformation.

Firstly, it seems to only address trans women, and far from there being only one documented case of a trans woman successfully producing milk, it’s actually a relatively common occurrence. It entirely ignores those who were assigned female at birth, who may be nonbinary or trans-masculine, but are still entirely capable of naturally producing milk.

The term ‘chestfeed’ was actually intended to be more inclusive of the latter individuals, who may not want to refer to that part of their anatomy using clearly gendered terms.

It should be no surprise Mumsnet quickly became a hotbed of misinformation and fear mongering around La Leche League’s use of more inclusive language. The U.K. has been embroiled in a wave of anti-trans sentiment, as epitomized by the recent transphobic screed published by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

Mumsnet is no exception.

Many were quick to call out the pearl-clutching.

Unsurprisingly, there were some transphobic people who don’t understand that trans-masculine and nonbinary people exist.

They inherently assumed the term ‘chestfeeding’ was meant to be inclusive of trans women.

Despite the bigotry, there are those doing amazing work to educate the public on why more inclusive language is important.

Remember everyone, using inclusive language doesn’t take anything away from anyone.

Dana Levinson

Written by Dana Levinson

Dana Aliya Levinson is an actress, writer, and trans activist. She graduated with honors from the New School where she wrote extensively about political and ethnic identity in the middle-east. She was a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and has written about politics and trans issues for The Huffington Post, Women's Health, Nylon, and The Notice Blog.