Just for fun - what's in a name?

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You've probably noticed that I never use the term "nursing" - I think it's probably an Australian thing. We always talk about breastfeeding. (Feeding from the breast)

The Australian Breastfeeding used to be called The Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia. When it was founded in the 60s, censorship regulations would not permit the word "breast" to be used! The name was changed in 2001 - censorship regulations were far more relaxed by then!

As far as I can gather, "nursing" means exactly the same as "breastfeeding." So I'm assuming it's traditional usage that governs the terms others use.

Any thoughts? I'm not having a go at anyone - I'm all in favour of it, whatever you call it!


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Janice - posted on 11/26/2010




I use both terms interchangeably. Usually i say nursing if I think the person may be weirded out by the term breastfeeding. Actually now that my daughter is a year i probably use the term nursing more. I never thought about that till now.

Merry - posted on 11/26/2010




I read an amazing article how when you breastfeed past infancy most start calling it nursing cuz it's too sexual to think of a toddler feeding from the breast.
My husband himself says he wishes more people would just say nursing cuz then maybe more people would think it's not weird.
But me personally I try to say breastfeeding as often asni can cuz I think people might need a shock into the reality that breasts are not for sex, they are for feeding. But I do say nursing if I'm in certain company who I think will be weirder out enough by the thought!
So here in USA commercials say, 'pregnant or nursing mothers should not take_____" and on medicine bottles it says " talk to your dr if you are nursing, pregnant, or may become pregnant"
So our media is deciding that we can't handle the breast part of the word.
America is so messed up, sorry but I'm just not too patriotic. I'd move to Australia if they had decent carseats. :) oh well I'll just try to fix America. One at a time.

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That's a good point, Sara. When I hear "nursing" it's usually from Best for Babes and they're talking about bonding and nurturing at the breast.

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To me nursing and breastfeeding mean the same thing. I'm from the U.S. I use and hear them both. In all of the advertisements promoting breastfeeding hear they use "breastfeeding."

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I'm not sure what the difference is. But MAYBE "breatfeeding" refers to the feeding part and "nursing" refers to the feeding plus everything else...comforting, bonding, etc. Just a wild guess!

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