Breastfeeding emoji could be on the way as nurse makes case to Unicode

A breastfeeding mum emoji could soon be available as the Unicode Consortium’s technical committee prepares to meet next month.

Unicode told the ABC a breastfeeding emoji was among the most requested characters this year, and a London nurse has passionately taken up the cause.

Why do we need a breastfeeding emoji?

Rachel Lee, who works as a nurse at the University College of London Hospital, put together the formal proposal being considered by the committee.

“I propose adding an emoji for breastfeeding as a complement to the existing baby bottle emoji, and to complete the set of family emojis,” Rachel’s proposal explains.

Rachel says Unicode could do its part to help achieve the World Health Organisation’s sustainable development goals by adding the breastfeeding emoji. Breastfeeding plays an important part in achieving those goals, as well as being prevalent around the world and throughout history.

How popular would a breastfeeding emoji be?

The emoji design Rachel suggests depicts the popular cradle hold, and was created by Joshua Jones, The Huffington Post reports.

“Three million mothers participate in the activity of breastfeeding in the United States at any given time (four million babies are born in the US each year and 79 per cent are breastfed),” Rachel writes, predicting a breastfeeding emoji would be used five times more often than the already available ‘Baby Bottle’ emoji.

“In the United States, for every newborn that is bottle fed, four are breastfed.”

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