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Breastfeeding > What do you call bfing in your family?
baileysmommy's Avatar baileysmommy 06:01 PM 04-24-2003
My daughter is only 7.5 mo old but I am wondering what I should be calling nursing for when she gets older and can call it something. I normally say nummies, milky, or boobie. What do you call it in your family?

mommaLiz's Avatar mommaLiz 06:07 PM 04-24-2003
We decided not to use a special name for breastfeeding. Instead, we have tried to consistently ask "would you like to nurse?" and do the sign for milk. Now that she is talking, DD has come up with her own term for it -- "nah" -- which she yells out very enthusiastically wherever we are! ;-)
phathui5's Avatar phathui5 07:20 PM 04-24-2003
My ds either calls it nurse or nurnie, depending on how tired he is.
dandelions2's Avatar dandelions2 07:23 PM 04-24-2003
I did the same thing as mommaLiz, and by the time Beth was 7 months she was calling it "nana," so that is what we call it now.

Patti
NoraB's Avatar NoraB 08:33 PM 04-24-2003
We have always called it "nursie" and have recently begun to use the sign for "milk." I would die a thousand deaths of embarassment if DD asked for "boobie" in public!
Kanga@work's Avatar Kanga@work 10:13 PM 04-24-2003
My DS asks to "nurse please" but has recently become interested in naming all the different body parts and sometimes asks specifically for my "nipple" (he knows the difference between nipple, breast, and chest!) I think it's pretty cool, but my mom got a little red when DS pointed out my nipple to her.
teachma's Avatar teachma 01:51 AM 04-25-2003
I always just asked, "Would you like to nurse?" or "Would you like to do some nursing." Despite that, my son coined his own special phrase for nursing when he was about 18 months old-- and he calls it "over." He also calls my breasts my "overs." He knows the real terminology but prefers to use his own. BTW, he is 2.5 years old and goes around telling people, verbatim, "When I eat, my food slides down my esophagus and ends up in my stomach." He's got the rest of the human anatomy down, but not he "overs!"
ellery's Avatar ellery 02:08 AM 04-25-2003
i say you want a boob whereever iam im not ashamed at all i figure my kid has to eat where ever whenever and when he gets older illask dou want to eat like i sometimes do now i get a lot of oh thats gross but its my own choice
mamarosa's Avatar mamarosa 04:19 AM 04-25-2003
We call it 'nurse' or 'nursies'. My son sometimes calls my breasts my 'nursies', but he knows they are called breasts. I've never used 'boob' or any other slang for those parts of myself. My mom called them breasts and that is what they are.
Maribel's Avatar Maribel 01:44 PM 04-25-2003
We say Chee Chee....in Mayan, to nurse is called Choo Choo, so I use that and DS says Tsu Tsu because he can't say Choo Choo.

The older kids in my family (nieces and nephews) who are no longer nursing call it Chee Chee Baba because some kids nurse and others use a bottle, so those who use a bottle get a Baba and those who nurse get a Chee Chee Baba. I have a big family, so it's common to see the older kids taking care of the little ones, they'll come by and let you know that your kid needs a Chee Chee Baba....it's cute, they know who gets what.....Jeez, was this OT or what?
BinahYeteirah's Avatar BinahYeteirah 04:11 PM 04-25-2003
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We use "nummies" here. Sometimes "numa", but usually "nummies" or "nummy". Dd is pre-verbal, but she definitely know what "nummies" means. I like being nummy...
chrissy's Avatar chrissy 11:27 PM 04-25-2003
My son Noah (17.5 months old) calls it "mop mop." I *think* he is trying to say "milk," but "mop mop" is way cuter!
Colorful~Mama's Avatar Colorful~Mama 11:33 PM 04-25-2003
zoey is weaned now, but tho i always asked "do you want to nurse" she started asking for "milkies" and thats what she always said...

doey milkies.
doey nee milkies (zoey needs milkies)
or just
milkiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees
saturnine25's Avatar saturnine25 11:39 PM 04-25-2003
Our 19 mo. old dd calls nursing "boo-a." It's her own little phrase that I think was probably derived from boob, which is what we used to call it when she was an infant (we stopped saying it around 8 mo. and started saying nurse instead). She calls her preferred side "heavy boo-a," and the lesser used side "baby boo-a," making me all the more self-conscious of my lopsidedness!

Amy, mom to Tsuneo, 09/12/01
stormborn's Avatar stormborn 08:29 AM 04-26-2003
Dd says "milk pleeeeeease!" , but she knows nipple and breast and loves to point them out..on eveyone
Lemon Balm's Avatar Lemon Balm 09:42 AM 04-26-2003
I've always asked DD if she "wants to nurse". She calls my breasts "nursies" and my nipples "nippies". Generally, she'll just say "I want to nurse". If she's hurt or upset, she'll say "I want the nursie to help"
Jude's Mama's Avatar Jude's Mama 11:17 AM 04-26-2003
We say ninny or nummies!


azdesertrn's Avatar azdesertrn 08:33 PM 04-26-2003
I say num-nums, Xander asks for "mum- mums".

Kaye
miranda's Avatar miranda 01:34 PM 04-27-2003
My dd is weaned now, but she would say " pecho " which is spanish for breast. In spanish when a mother is nursing it is called " dando pecho " which means giving breast. She likes to point out when babies are " drinking pecho ".
Chi-Chi Mama's Avatar Chi-Chi Mama 01:56 PM 04-27-2003
Ana calls it "Chi-Chi" - hence my name here

DH is Mexican, and that's what they call it I guess. I didn't care too much for it at first (I'd prefer to use 'actual' names) but now I think it's cute, especially when dd goes "Mama, Chichi... Chi-chi, mama!!"
ebethmom's Avatar ebethmom 05:49 PM 04-27-2003
My son asks to "nuh see! nuh seeee!" This afternoon, dh was entertaining ds while I was on the computer. When he was ready for his nap, ds picked up the nursing pillow and trotted off to look for me. It really was cute - ds lugging this big pillow calling "nuh see!"

Sometimes he'll stop nursing to point to my nipple and say "mahk" for milk.
LittlebitsMommy's Avatar LittlebitsMommy 10:52 PM 04-27-2003
We have always called it Nynee.Littlebit has started calling it Nursies some now. I was up doing something the other day and he looked at me and said IT'S NYNEE TIME BABY!! I thought it was so cute.So of course I had to stop and feed him.
cassiemommy's Avatar cassiemommy 08:47 PM 04-29-2003
DD (17mos now) calls it "ny-ny" which is similar to the chinese word for milk. I have been teaching her how to sign for it, and sometimes she does the right sign, other times it's just a clenched little hand that she holds up high to make sure I see it! No matter how she indicates she wants to nurse, there is always a little mischievious smile she gives me--it's really cute!
mamabear*4cubs's Avatar mamabear*4cubs 09:42 PM 04-29-2003
Too cute you all! My kids have all had different ways of asking, my first son would say "nuhs" like he was trying to say "nurse" but his own little way. #2 called it "moy", she was trying to say MORE, I would always ask her between sides "do you want more?" so she picked up on the "more". #3 didn't really ask, he would just get in my lap and scooch down into the nursing position with a little grin on his face and pat my chest. #4 seems to respond to "nursies" which her older brother (#3) now calls it. He is always asking her "do you want nursies?" Now that she is almost 14 months she will run to me, get in position and press her face into my chest, look up at me and laugh, stick her hand down my shirt, or try to lift it. I can't wait to hear her word for it when she starts talking.
mamabear*4cubs's Avatar mamabear*4cubs 09:51 PM 04-29-2003
Too cute you all! My kids have all had different ways of asking, my first son would say "nuhs" like he was trying to say "nurse" but his own little way. #2 called it "moy", she was trying to say MORE, I would always ask her between sides "do you want more?" so she picked up on the "more". #3 didn't really ask, he would just get in my lap and scooch down into the nursing position with a little grin on his face and pat my chest. #4 seems to respond to "nursies" which her older brother (#3) now calls it. He is always asking her "do you want nursies?" Now that she is almost 14 months she will run to me, get in position and press her face into my chest, look up at me and laugh, stick her hand down my shirt, or try to lift it. I can't wait to hear her word for it when she starts talking.
Dovesong's Avatar Dovesong 07:31 AM 04-30-2003
My 2 yo calls it nurse. "Nurse me Mommy." He calls my breasts nurses, as did my dd. In the the middle of the night , he might say, "where's my nurse? Oh, there's my nurse." He is very verbal. One day, he said, I want my nursey nursey. He was being silly. None of us ever call it that! It is funny what they come up with. Before my dd was 2, she would call it ma for more. And as a little one, I called it side, as in my mom asking do I want the other side.
IlliniMom's Avatar IlliniMom 02:11 PM 04-30-2003
Okay, it I already answered this, please just blame it on pg brain.

We call it Juice. When she was little, we called it Momma Juice - a friend of mine calls Cows milk, Cow Juice, and explained to her adopted daughter that MaryRose was having Momma Juice; and well it stuck.

Now she yells JUICE - no one is the wiser.
fishy's Avatar fishy 09:26 PM 05-01-2003
my little guy called it nurse to start(well, he signed for it first, the sign for milk), then nursie, now its nursiepursie (said real fast as if its one word) this came from me actually. one day he was nursing and i said, too bad your name isnt pursie, then we could call you nursie pursie. well, he thougth it was a good idea bc it stuck and thats what he calls it now.

he is so funny. and yes, he says it anywhere he wants, and no, i dont care, lol!
bailey'smommy02's Avatar bailey'smommy02 01:41 AM 05-02-2003
bailey calls them "na-nas", i have always called them this. i just figured other kids say ba-ba early on for bottle, so why couldn't my kid say na-na for her nursies? So it stuck, and luckly no one is the wiser. in public people think she is saying ma-ma, but in all realtiy she is saying na-na. at the zoo the other day she kept asking for na-nas and i said no, cause i was with my mil and sil, who think bf past just a few months is sick and disgusting, and since i said no she stood up and screamed "MA-MA NA-NAS PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!" that was the first time she ever said please. it was so cute. my mil was like, what does she want? i lied, and said she was tired, walked away and nursed her, and she was happy. i just love the phrase na-nas!!!!!!!!!!!!
skyryma's Avatar skyryma 02:54 AM 05-02-2003
Hi, Mamas
This is so embarrassing! Usually 2 yo ds, Sky, says, "Want milkies, Mama" and softly touches my chest, but about a month ago we were wrestling (well, he was tackling me!) and one of his elbows landed (OW!) and I yelled, "My titty!" So now he has a new, fun word to yell out in public when he wants to nurse! And don't try to tell him not to say something, that just makes him say it louder! Needless to say, my husband finds this very humorous!

Gentle, mama to Sky Ryan born 3/12/01
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