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post #1 of 21
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Just thought I'd throw out a silly question that's been on my mind for all you BTDT mamas. What do you call your milk?  I don't really know any other mamas who breastfeed IRL, so I thought I'd ask you ladies.

 

Some terms I've heard so far are nummies, mama milk, just "milk", num nums, nursies and chi chi.  What about you?

post #2 of 21

We use "num" or "nummy-num".  Marc is constantly cracking up at work because my cousin that he works with will say she's going to get some "nummy-num", meaning lunch.  lol  I don't think that's what she's planning to eat for lunch.

post #3 of 21

Oh I love this!

 

For DD, we started out calling it nursies.  Once she started talking though, she had her own lingo, and it was deemed "Boob," so whenever she wanted to nurse she would say, "I want boob," and that was that.  It really was cute and I wouldn't have changed it for anything.  If she fell and got hurt she would cry, "Wahhhh....beeeeewwwwbbb!" and I would just scoop her up and nurse her.  Amazing to remember!!

 

Now, since she's getting a crash course in reproductive anatomy and learning appropriate terms (funny story about her telling DH's brother that baby was "in Mommy's belly until it comes out her 'gina") she has since learned the term breastmilk and I LOVE hearing her say it.  She'll tell anyone and everyone that babies drink "bressmilk", we drink soymilk, and some people drink cows milk (b/c we're vegan) and it just makes my heart swell.  LOL!  It's the little things.

post #4 of 21

My kids each had their own names for it.  My oldest called it "other"  (I suppose I would always ask him if he wanted the 'other side too'?) and my youngest called it "milky."   I have a friend who calls it ta-tas.  I guess I always just said I was going to nurse, but I usually call it breastfeeding in general conversation with other adults to help normalize it.  Nursing seems a bit like an unnecessary euphemism, but I think I say it all the time unless I'm being intentional.  

post #5 of 21

I had a friend who just called it milk, but then it got confusing when she started giving her kid cow's milk. So they started calling cow's milk "moo juice" or something like that.

 

Apparently, I was all class as a child and would just demand "Titty, mama!!" :D

 

I have been planning to just be creative and say, "Wanna nurse?" and then see what he later comes up with. I'm big on calling things what they are :)

 

But then if you pump, what do you call the bottle? It's the same liquid, very different container!

post #6 of 21

We call it mama milk. 

post #7 of 21

Wow, I don't remember! How crazy is that? Probably just 'milk' I suppose. DD1 used sign language a lot, I do know that.

post #8 of 21

My oldest named it nee nee, my second child called it the same. i had called it mama milk prior to having them choose a name. My last child never called it anything since he is significantly speech delayed, he just banged on my chest when he wanted to nurse. We always laugh because in my town there is a locally owned restaurant named Nini's and their t-shirts have "Hands off my Nini's" written on the front. LOL. 

post #9 of 21

I called it milk and sometimes mama milk; my son, who self-weaned at 18 months, long before he started talking, didn't call it anything. I told my daycare center that I would send them milk in the bottle and that my son did not drink formula, and they used milk when referring to my breastmilk too until the day they asked me if he could have "regular milk". When talking to other parents or people , I would talk about breast-feeding or nursing, even though I see how the latter is a euphemism (as is boobs instead of breasts :) )

post #10 of 21
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Edited by kristandthekids - 1/16/13 at 3:03pm
post #11 of 21

We call the substance itself mama milk. I call the act of breastfeeding "boobing". As in, "I have to boob the baby before we leave."

post #12 of 21

With DS, I'll usually ask if he wants nursies.  When DS asks for it, it's either nursies, or sometimes he asks for boobies.  Or if he's reaaaally sad he'll ask for "ni-nis."  When he asks for the ni-nis, it's usually the sign that he really needs some boob!

 

As for the actual substance, DH and I call my milk boob-juice, or sometimes tit-sauce (if we're feeling especially crass).

post #13 of 21
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Boob Juice. Don't judge me.


That's what I do right now. Not sure how that will change with the baby. Probably will call it nursing/breastfeeding. And milk or breastmilk. I know, how imaginative. 

 

But the leaking is all fun right now. DH is creeped out by it, so I threaten him with my boob juice. (While topless and with a hand on the boob.) 

 

post #14 of 21
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That's what I do right now. Not sure how that will change with the baby. Probably will call it nursing/breastfeeding. And milk or breastmilk. I know, how imaginative. 

 

But the leaking is all fun right now. DH is creeped out by it, so I threaten him with my boob juice. (While topless and with a hand on the boob.) 

 


Boob juice can be a powerful weapon. I've squirted DH with amazing accuracy from several feet away! winky.gif

 

post #15 of 21

I always called it nursies until DS dubbed it "Ungahs"-- I can only assume he was referring to the sound his throat would make when he swallowed the milk.

 

LOVING all of these names-- too funny!

post #16 of 21


 

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Boob juice can be a powerful weapon. I've squirted DH with amazing accuracy from several feet away! winky.gif

 


He knows it's coming. Currently it'll only drip. But just wait, he'll get it eventually. 

 

(Am I evil?)

 

 

Ungahs sounds really cool actually. 

 

Can't wait to see what my babe comes up with. DH doesn't want me to BF until the babe talks... Little does he know he doesn't have too much of a choice. (Same with the 6 months in the bed rule he made... All I've said is "we'll see.")

 

post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by jennyfah View Post

My kids each had their own names for it.  My oldest called it "other"  (I suppose I would always ask him if he wanted the 'other side too'?) and my youngest called it "milky."   I have a friend who calls it ta-tas.  I guess I always just said I was going to nurse, but I usually call it breastfeeding in general conversation with other adults to help normalize it.  Nursing seems a bit like an unnecessary euphemism, but I think I say it all the time unless I'm being intentional.  


DDCC here, but I had to chime in - I did the exact same thing - "Do you want the other side now", and DS wound up asking for "side" all the time.  We still use the term "side" for any any human or animal nursing.  How funny to remember how that started!

 

 

 

post #18 of 21

I used "milk" or "milks" for my DD, and when she started to sign we used the ASL sign for nursing/milk. Once she started to drink cow milk we distinguished between "cow milk" and "Mama's milk" (and eventually "chocolate milk" which is different than white "cow milk"). 

 

Now that DD is weaned and we're expecting our new little one any day, DD has been talking a lot about me having milk for the new baby, and how the baby will drink "nipple milk" as opposed to "cow milk." 

post #19 of 21

We always just called it "nurse".  So when DS could talk, he would just ask "nurse, peas?"  My family thought it was crazy that we nursed for 27 months, so I was really careful not to let him learn the word "boob" or something, I would have REALLY had to hear about it if my toddler was demanding my "boob"!  (So not judging anyone else's term!  I just didn't want to give them any ammo :))

post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by sweeetpea View Post


DDCC here, but I had to chime in - I did the exact same thing - "Do you want the other side now", and DS wound up asking for "side" all the time.  We still use the term "side" for any any human or animal nursing.  How funny to remember how that started!

 

 

 


I forgot about that!  Nik used to ask for "side" sometimes, too! 
 

 

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