Here’s a not-so-secret secret: Nursing moms like to text each other. I mean, we’re stuck in one place, without two hands free to read a real book, so a dextrous person can make good use of that downtime to get caught up with pals.
And in many cases, if said mom has friends who are also moms to young babies, they might be doing the very same thing. Or maybe not! All kinds of people feed babies in all kinds (well, two) ways. Either way, there’s a new shorthand for “bb on boob”: iPhone has released an image of the soon-to-arrive breastfeeding emoji, along with a new class that includes vomit face, zombies and a much-awaited woman in a hijab.
I’m all for it. Here are a few examples of what the emoji will look like on different platforms:
Sarah M. Seltzer
Sarah Seltzer, former editor for Kveller, is a writer and editor in New York City. She is a journalist covering culture, activism and gender, most recently as Deputy Editor at culture website Flavorwire.com. Her print and online work has appeared in publications including Poets & Writers, The Forward, Lilith, The Washington Post, Ms. Magazine, The New York Times, Salon, The Nation, The Wall Street Journal, Jezebel, The Hairpin, Refinery29, The Toast, Rolling Stone, and many more. She is a graduate of Harvard University, where she edited The Crimson’s weekend magazine, as well as the MFA in writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her first baby, Mikey, is growing up way too fast and she can objectively report that he is very cute. You can follow her at @sarahmseltzer and reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.