Should we refer to breastfeeding as "nursing?"
The media often uses the term "nursing" to describe breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is extremely important and nurses should strongly advocate it.
However, when "nursing" is used this way, it undermines the image of the nursing profession by suggesting that it is a nurturing activity that almost all mothers can do, instead of an autonomous, multi-faceted scientific discipline requiring years of college-level education.
This use of "nursing" also makes it more difficult to recruit male nurses, many of whom are understandably uncomfortable with the maternal association.
We suggest some specific changes to our language:
|to nurse||to breastfeed|
|nursing top||breastfeeding top|
Last updated April 29, 2012