If you’re used to communicating via emojis, you’re about to have another option added to your keyboard: a headless woman breastfeeding her baby. Because, why not right? In a world where women are shamed for breastfeeding in public, phone app companies are trying to make some amount of progress with their new creation. I guess something is better than nothing? Maybe?
According to People, the creation was first requested by nurse Rachel Lee last month in a proposal she submitted to Unicode Consortium, a non-profit organization that — I kid you not — oversees all emoji approvals. There’s a job for everyone, apparently!
“I propose adding an emoji for breastfeeding as a complement to the existing baby bottle emoji, and to complete the set of family emojis,” she wrote. “The lack of a breastfeeding emoji represents a gap in the Unicode Standard given the prevalence of breastfeeding in cultures around the world, and throughout history.”
She continued, “Three million mothers participate in the activity of breastfeeding in the United States at any given time,” she says. “By comparison, activities such as hockey [which has its own emoji] see 67,230 women participating annually in the United States… Breastfeeding occurs at all hours of the the day and night, and text communication is frequently used during these times. This emoji is likely to be used in context for a message such as, ‘Up at 3 a.m. with baby [breastfeeding emoji].’”
She also said that “breastfeeding” was one of the top 30 emojis requested in 2016, according to an Emojipedia survey. Now, hear me out — I think women should be able to breastfeed wherever the hell they please. It’s natural, it’s painful when you put it off and a baby’s gotta eat when a baby’s gotta eat, but an emoji? Are you really going to use that? Does it really matter?
On the other hand, if the people want it, just make it! Why does it need to be a discussion? Tell me what you think about it in the comments below.