Each of my 3 children had their own word for nursing. For ds1, it was 'ongi'. For ds2, it was 'nanas', and for dd now 22mths, it is 'lilies'. So i would just say to them, do you want-whichever was their word. When talking with other adults, i usually used the word 'nursing.' Sometimes, in mixed company, i have been known to say, 'dd wants lilies, i'll just be a minute'-only to have them stare at me, baffled...
What is your word for nursing? - Page 2
I've always said milk. My first son called it "nuh" or "nuhs" and my second son said "mi" (like i in igloo) and when he was a bit older said "mi douch" for milk couch because we always nursed in the same spot on the couch. Nuh and mi were among my boys' first words. I thought it was really sweet. I had heard people having toddlers shout out "BOOB" in public places which I knew would embarrass me a ton so I was careful to always call it milk so if they were asking for milk I wouldn't get strange looks ;)
I nursed DD until she was 3. Without realizing it I guess every time we sat down to nurse I would say eat to her twice for encouragement. Sooo....nursing time became eat eats!
She is 5 now and associates everything having to do with breasts as eat eats. She knows a bra is called a bra but she calls them eat eats! Enjoy your time nursing and think of the word you use for it fondly because it will be over before you know it.
In our home it has been called moke, nurse, and switch. Moke was my little one's attempt at saying milk. Nurse is what my older kids call it for my newborn. Switch was because I would always say to my ds, "let's switch" when switching him to the other side. He caught on and called it switch. Of course he pronounced it wich. Having a little one crying out "wich, wich, wich!" was always fun in the store.
My babe is only 7 weeks. We don't have a word yet. When I talk to her, I ask if she is hungry and wants milk. Haha. I guess I'm boring. Maybe we will find a name for it later. I'm in Ecuador and I have some photos and links about breastfeeding on my blog, if anyone wants to check it out. http://sofiasays.blog.com/archives/28/
When my 3rd got tired at night I used to ask him, "Do you want to go night-night?" He shortened it to "ni' ni'" and used it for nursing at all times day.
I will say weaning a 3 year old is harder than weaning a 2 year old. I weaned one at 2+ because I was pregnant again, and although it wasn't difficult, I always felt I cheated him. Maybe someone could start another thread on weaning experiences?
My youngest is 17 months and has said neh- neh since preverbal. She also pats her chest and and says "neh neh bye bye bed" if she is tired and wants to nurse to fall asleep. My now seven year old just made a eh-eh-eh-eh sound until she said nurse. I nursed her until about 2.5. I often ask, "do you want to nurse?" so this one might transition to that too soon.
Booby. As in "do you want some booby?" and "we're going upstairs to have booby". Not sure how we got to that, but there it is. Admittedly there have been times when I wished we called it something a little more subtle....like when we're out and about and my breaking-down toddler wails "I want some BOOOOOOOBY!!!!!!"
With my older son, it was "boobies", but when he was an older nurser (2 1/2?), he told the cashier at the store, "I'm gonna go home and get some boobies.", so I changed the terminology when it came to my second baby.
With my little one, he calls it milky, or milkies, if he wants plural. He also refers to them as "this one" and "that one", depending on which one he's closest to. lol
Hehe, when I was little, I called it "ni-nee" - kind of like going "nighty-night" I suppose. :) My sister and I called breasts "milks" and we still sometimes jokingly call them "our milks" :p
For my baby (4.5mos) DH and I just say "milk" but in an embarrassingly babyish voice, so it sounds like we're saying, "meelk" lol! I'll ask, "Do you want some meelk?" while signing milk to him and he'll either fuss and turn his head away or get all happy and excited, pretty cute. :)
Sometimes if he's just laying there because he's been popping on and off so many times, I'll ask him again if he wants "meelk" and then tell him that the milk shop is closing when I put my nursing flap back up haha.