"Nursing" or "breastfeeding"

posted 2 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Nursing or breastfeeding?
    Nursing : (20 votes)
    33 %
    Breastfeeding- own it, girl! : (39 votes)
    65 %
    Something else cute : (0 votes)
    Something else weird : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 2
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    MrsAKSkier:  Maybe it’s a USA vs other countries thing, but I was always breastfeeding. “Nursing” is holding the baby – so other people can “nurse” her, though it’s an old fashioned word. (Though I actually think of it as what my friend does at work, because she’s a nurse). Oh, and I call them boobs otherwise 🙂

    Post # 3
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    8706 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Breastfeeding. Nursing to me was always holding/feeding a baby with a bottle.

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    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Good question! I’m sort of like you – I say both at different times but never quite feel comfortable with either. I mean it is literally “feeding from the breast” so I feel like I should be mature enough to just call it that, but I feel so awkward sometimes because I’m referring to my naked boobs and in my head people automatically picture them that way. 

    I probably should just grow up and own “breastfeeding.” 

    Post # 5
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    7208 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    kate02121:  In that sort of situation (when I was reluctant to say “breast”), it’s more common here to drop the word “breast” and say “feeding”, or baby is “having a feed”. Though maybe that’s no improvement over “nursing”?

    Post # 6
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    2184 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

    I say nursing because that’s what I do. To me, my daughter attached to her boobie is nursing. She doesn’t take a bottle, but if she did, I’d say she’s drinking breast milk. I think it’s a subtle difference. 

    And, yes, it’s a boobie. We differentiate… Boobie for baby and, well, something else for my husband, haha

    Post # 7
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    884 posts
    Busy bee

    I use both nursing and breastfeeding (Canada) but I am actually a nurse and I know it makes some nurses upset when you say ‘nursing’ because nursing is part of our profession….<br /><br />Doesnt bug me one way or the other.

    Post # 8
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    11668 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I say nursing when I feel awkward using the word breast (I’m sooo mature lol). For example, I didn’t want to say breast or pump in front of my male boss, so when I told him I would need time for that I simply said, I am still nursing and plan to continue, is it okay if I use a spare office a few timea a day? He knew what I was getting at. Success at not having to say the dirty words lol! 

    Post # 9
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    2661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I used both interchangeably when I was breastfeeeding.  I have never thought of nursing as something you do with a bottle.  In the US, a nursing mom is a breastfeeding mom….LOL….

    Post # 10
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    7098 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I guess I would probably say nursing, but either are interchangeable IMO.

    Post # 11
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    8593 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I use both, not sure I have a preference.  Sometimes you don’t even need to use either, I just say I have to feed the baby.  I still call them boobs though sometimes, like this morning I said “hey DH, feel this boob” lol.

    Post # 12
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    7654 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I use them both interchangeably. I try to use nursing more, especially in a professional setting, but I don’t get riled if I use one or the other.

    Post # 13
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    4941 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I use both words, no specific time. I do say “breastfeeding” more though.

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I say both depending on my audience. My moms generation seem to say nursing, so that’s what I say when talking to her, but my friends and work peers all say breastfeeding.

    I also try to say “breasts” now that I have a daughter. I think it’s because I don’t want her to be uncomfortable referring to her own breasts by their proper name, like I was for so long!

    Post # 15
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    326 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2016 - State Park

    I’m a nurse, when I hear nursing I think of what I do for my career. 

    I always call it breastfeeding, but it’s such a hugh part of my job (I’m a postpartum/newborn nurse), I’ve never thought of calling it anything else. 

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