Jasmine Sussex (pictured) was fired from her volunteer counsellor position with the Australian Breastfeeding Association
The association has said emerging research suggests biological men can breastfeed, and have introduced a training booklet titled: Breastfeeding, Chestfeeding and Human Milk Feeding.
However, the mother-of-three, who has worked for 15 years advising mums on breastfeeding, argues there are only a ‘couple of cases’ worldwide of men producing nipple secretions and the unknown liquid is ‘not mother’s milk’.
‘ABA says we should support all parents who want to human milk their babies,’ Ms Sussex told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Natal males can take feminine hormones to grow breasts. But there is no evidence that any male induced milk is equivalent to mother’s milk.
Ms Sussex said the ABA has brought out training videos urging counsellors to support biological men to breastfeed, with one clip saying transgender women are often eager to do so.
‘I’m happy to support how people identify, but sex matters when it comes to birthing and breastfeeding,’ she said.
‘A [biological] man doesn’t have a right to breastfeed a baby, [that desire] it’s a psychological demand.
‘Men will never be able to breastfeed babies, and they need to stop trying.’
Ms Sussex said she was told by the ABA when she lost her position that counsellors are bound by code of ethics stating they will not discriminate on the basis of gender identity.
She is currently fighting to remain a part of the association and is waiting to find out if her membership will also be cancelled.