A WARRNAMBOOL lactation consultant says the so-called outcry over a university guide calling for "breastfeeding" to be described as "chestfeeding" detracts from the challenges new mothers face learning to breastfeed.
Member for Western Victoria Bev McArthur told parliament the Australian National University guidelines advocating terms like "human milk," "birthing and non birthing parents" should "concern us all."
"Forget about referencing mother and father, that's out," she said.
"What disturbs me is that critics have been automatically dismissed as reactionary, implying they simply can't adapt to progress.
"This is lazy, inaccurate and unfair."
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Ms McArthur said she believed there could be inclusivity and understanding in the community "without making a mockery of language or devaluing women."
Barb Glare, from the Warrnambool Breastfeeding Centre, said the centre provided support to a diverse range of parents and all were welcome.
She said often on intake forms people were asked how they preferred to identify.
"People need to feel comfortable and valued and there's a range of diversity that has got to be respected," she said.
"How people identify is up to them.
"There is so little support for breastfeeding that to have this blown up just detracts from that.
"Even in Warrnambool women still have trouble getting the support they need."
Ms Glare said the Breastfeeding Centre was an inclusive community support service.
"We're flat out all day with all sorts of parenting situations," she said. "You name it, we're doing it."
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