UK health officials in the UK have been asking people in the medical field to stop using the term ‘breast milk’ and instead start using a more inclusive terms, such as ‘chest milk’, or ‘human milk’.
According to the health officials, the term ‘chest feeding’ is the term that has been suggested to replace ‘breastfeeding’. Officials at the parental units of the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust made the move, and the word substitution was made to make it ‘more inclusive of trans & non-binary birthing people without excluding the language of women or motherhood’.
The new language advisory was announced by the hospital system earlier this month. This is what they tweeted:
Today we are launching the UK’s first clinical and language guidelines supporting trans and non-binary birthing people.
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— Brighton and Sussex Maternity (@BSUH_maternity) February 8, 2021
So, accordingly, trans men that have retained a functioning female parts and are able to get pregnant are often subjected to a variety of negative, social, emotional, and medical experiences. Pregnancy is often regarded as an exclusively feminine or female activity, so this puts them in a very uncomfortable place at a time when their health is of utmost importance.