A new emoji has been approved, which shows different genders giving the baby food.
The new emoji – titled Person Feeding Baby, along with its gendered variants Woman Feeding Baby and Man Feeding Baby – is not the first time feeding a baby can be represented in baby form. A few years ago, Unicode approved an emoji depicting a breastfeeding woman. However, that emoji is only available in one gender.
And while many platforms have not yet released their designs for the person, woman and man who feed baby emojis, it is probably safe to assume that they will look like breastfeeding emoji designs.
The suggestion that the person, woman and man breastfeed baby emojis explains the reason why Unicode approved them. It says: “At the moment, the only emoji depicting childcare is PERSONAL MOTHERING, and there are no emojis depicting men taking care of their children.”
The proposal also explains that the inclusion of the person, woman and man breastfeeding baby emojis “destigmatizes bottle feeding of children.” There are many reasons why a family may have to or choose to bottle feed their children, and the addition of this emoji recognizes it.
Emoji is set to drop this fall on all emoji-supported messaging platforms.