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Chestfeeding and Parent’s Milk: Terms to Use to Be More Gender Inclusive

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The terms “breast/chest feeding” and “human/parent’s milk” instead of “breastfeeding” and “mother’s milk” to describe lactation are being used to support gender-inclusive parenting.  This advice cites a 2019 study by Dr. Lauren Dinour, Associate Professor in the Nutrition and Food Studies Department, who stated that “heterosexual and woman-focused lactation language…can misgender, isolate and harm transmasculine parents and non-heteronormative families.”