New Breastfeeding Emoji Is Coming To The iPhone As Early As Next Week

It's finally here!

By popular request—and after much anticipation—the breastfeeding emoji is finally here! 

Last year, we reported that Rachel Lee, a nurse from the United States, petitioned Unicode (the creator of the emoji keyboard), requesting a breastfeeding app.

Lee said: “I propose adding an emoji for breastfeeding as a complement to the existing baby bottle emoji, and to complete the set of family emojis. 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.”

Now, the wait is almost over. In just a few more weeks, the breastfeeding emoji will arrive with the iOS 11.1.

The emoji features a mother in the cradle hold, arguably the most popular breastfeeding position. 

The exact date has not yet been set, but the new emojis will be available in the iOS 11.1 update. And if you really can't wait, the update will be available next week as part of Apple's public beta, which you can sign up for here. 

According to an Emojipedia survey, breastfeeding was one of the top 30 most requested emojis in 2016.

We hope this goes a long way towards normalizing the stigma of breastfeeding and helping busy moms who only have one hand to type with during those late night feeds. 

Some of the other emojis to join our keyboards include the hijab emoji, gender-neutral characters, mermaids, take-out boxes and more. Check some of them out here.

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