Breastfeeding guide to remove the word ‘female’ from the title in an effort to please transgender groups
Breastfeeding guide to remove ‘female’ from title in what critics fear is an attempt to appease transgender lobby groups
- Womanly Art of Breastfeeding has become a trusted guide for many new moms
- Royal College of Midwives apologized after calling mothers ‘postnatal people’
- LLL previously used the term ‘breastfeeding’ as an alternative to ‘breastfeeding’
A bestseller for moms on how to feed their babies could be updated to remove the words “feminine” and “breastfeeding” from the title.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding has become a trusted guide to many new moms since it was first published by campaigners La Leche League (LLL) in 1958.
But the breastfeeding charity is now considering changing the title in what critics say is an attempt to appease transgender lobby groups.
It comes after the Royal College of Midwives apologized last week for referring to mothers as ‘postnatal people’ in guidelines on how newborns can sleep better. The reference was later removed from her website.
A bestseller for moms on how to feed their babies could be updated to remove the words “feminine” and “breastfeeding” from the title (stock image)
Prior to the publication of the book’s ninth edition, LLL has launched a survey of volunteer “leaders” of its breastfeeding support groups.
It says translations for many overseas versions have already changed the title to “better reflect local culture” — and it’s asking volunteers for their views on removing “feminine” and “breastfeeding.”
LLL previously used the term ‘breastfeeding’ on its website as an alternative to ‘breastfeeding’.
The move comes amid growing unease that women are being “erased” by organizations set up to support mothers under pressure from transgender activists to use gender-neutral language.
Retired LLL leader Lisa Moro said: ‘I was very concerned to see a question about the words ‘wife’, ‘breastfeeding’ and, at other times, ‘mother’ as this is the gist of where the organization is about. These words were very clear and easy to understand for all mothers.
“The only reason I can see for this proposed change is to conduct virtue signaling and appease some of the more extreme elements of transgender activism.”
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding has become a trusted guide to many new moms since it was first published by campaigners La Leche League (LLL) in 1958 (stock image)
Another LLL leader, who declined to be named, said she had complained to the organization’s board that volunteers who use terms such as “woman,” “mother” and “breast” were being banned by some breastfeeding groups.
“The board has turned a blind eye to allowing the targeted slander, intimidation and harassment of volunteers who disagreed with the use of inappropriate and defeminized language in breastfeeding support,” she said.
A spokeswoman for LLL said: ‘The title of the book will be an important aspect of the marketing strategy aimed at ensuring that the book reaches the widest possible audience. The research was… to give the volunteers the opportunity to make their voices heard.’