Trans activist explains reason to support new trans-friendly term ‘chestfeeding’

A trans gender activist has spoken up the reason for supporting the change of words "breastfeeding", "breasts" and "mother" to a trans-friendly language.

The change is implemented at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, where midwives were told to replace phrases such as "breastfeeding" to "chestfeeding" and "breastmilk" to "human milk" or "breast/chest milk" as an effort to be more gender-inclusive.

TalkRadio host Julia Hartley-Brewer discussed the issue on today's programme with Chay Brown, director of TransActual UK.

Chay said: "It's just about acknowledging.

"If a trans man happens to be pregnant, which he could be, if he has a uterus or a non-binary person has a uterus, that happens to be pregnant or give birth, which could happen.

"They might find the language 'breasts' or 'breastfeeding' uncomfortable."

Host Julia interrupted and asked for the reason.

Chay replies: "Well because of dysphoria, you know, you can change your language and say healthcare professionals to just refer to someone's chest instead of saying someone's breast."

The discussion turned heated when Julia tried to point out the word "breast" is based on the biological structure of a human body.

She said: "No, no, but your chest is not feeding your child. Your breast is, whether you are a trans man, or a woman living as a woman, a biological woman, I'm walking on eggshells, I don't want to say the wrong thing.

"But when I fed my baby, it wasn't my chest feeding the baby. It was my breast and it was breastmilk, made by my breast as a biological woman."

Julia added that the trans-friendly terms are being "dishonest" and explained that the only a trans man could fall pregnant is because they are born biologically as a woman.

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