What is Chestfeeding?

What is chestfeeding?

Chestfeeding is a term used by some parents who identify as transmasculine and non-binary to describe how they feed and nurture their children from their bodies. A person who uses the term chestfeeding may, or may not, have had any surgery on their breast tissue. Other words that may be used are: ‘nursing’, ‘feeding’, ‘breastfeeding.’

Language changes over time so it is important that we pay attention to these changes. La Leche League Canada (LLLC) expresses support for parents of all gender identities and family structures by using a variety of terms in our publications. We also continue to use the words ‘mother’ and ‘breastfeeding’ that reflect our history and the majority of people we support. Those words will never be erased. We are adding more chairs to our table, not taking any away.

At LLLC we want to support you on your parenting journey. Whether you breastfeed, chestfeed, or nurse your children or support a partner who does, LLLC welcomes you. Our volunteer Leaders will use the terms you have chosen to describe your breastfeeding and parenting experiences.

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Updated October 2023