A venerable breastfeeding advocacy group is floating the notion that men can nurse children.
Nursing is not just for moms anymore, according to a blog post from the National Catholic Register this week that included a policy statement from La Leche League International (LLLI).
“As the cultural understanding of gender has expanded, it is now recognized that some men are able to breastfeed,” the organization also stated.
LLLI has accommodated the idea of breastfeeding men since 2014 when it changed the policy, because “the cultural understanding of gender has expanded.” Therefore “it is now recognized that some men are able to breastfeed.” …
Three years ago, it began allowing “men who otherwise meet the prerequisites for becoming a volunteer applicant” to be breastfeeding counselors.
Those prerequisites are organizational experience, personal experience breastfeeding a baby for at least nine months, and a demonstrated commitment to La Leche League philosophy.
“Of course, men can’t breastfeed,” author Glenn Stanton wrote in the post. “But many women who believe they are men … keep their uteruses and breasts, giving birth and nursing their babies like any other women.”
Relax, it’s not compulsory (yet).
hat-tip Stephen Neil