Post # 1
So, what do you call it? Or something else? I usually say “nursing,” I’m not sure why- maybe because my mom called it that. I do say “breastfeeding” but only sometimes, like when my husband wants to Facetime with his dad and my hair is a mess and I’m in pajama pants and my boobs are out, I’ll say, “Babe, NO, I’m breastfeeding!” I also realize I have a hard time calling my breasts what they are, breasts. I always say boobs. Very mature, haha.
Post # 2
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
Breastfeeding. Nursing to me was always holding/feeding a baby with a bottle.
Post # 4
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
I guess I would probably say nursing, but either are interchangeable IMO.
Post # 11
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
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
I use both words, no specific time. I do say “breastfeeding” more though.
Post # 14
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
- 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.