Midwives have been told to stop using terms including “breastfeeding” and “breastmilk” as part of a new trans-friendly policy at an NHS trust.
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) NHS Trust is the first in the country to formally implement a gender inclusive language policy for its maternity services department — which will now be known as “perinatal services”.
Staff have been told to avoid using the word “mothers” on its own and have been given a list of alternative terms to use when addressing patients including “mothers or birthing parents”, “breast/chestfeeding” and “maternal and parental”.
Instead of saying “breastmilk”, they can choose from “human milk” or “breast/chestmilk” or “milk from the feeding mother or parent”.
Having a baby is the definition of mother. Milk from a breast is breastmilk.
This clearly all being aimed at trans men who might have had top surgery and not bottom. And, well, how many of these are actually going to end up using maternity services? Sure, we know of one who worked for The Guardian.
But enough to make a change in the language necessary?