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To wonder about 'boobing babies'

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Biber Thu 17-Oct-19 16:14:44

There is a thread about SPaG, inappropriate Xs and (sincere, deeply felt shudder) the use of OF instead of HAVE in, for example, I should have asked on AIBU first.

A poster on there mentioned the phrase 'to boob one's baby'. It's about 50 years since I had an infant to my breast and I am not up to date with up to date terminology. This one, however, I had heard, and rather liked. The alliteration. The directness. Does it have the Mums Net seal of approval?

Rystall Thu 17-Oct-19 16:39:31

Urgh... no. It’s horrible. Something really crude and common about it. It’s breastfeeding or just feeding.

( I also can’t believe grown up, adult women refer to their breasts as their ‘boobs’).

Rystall Thu 17-Oct-19 16:41:10

@Celebelly Why not say ‘she’s hungry’ ? Or ‘she wants to be fed’ ?

Pursefirst Thu 17-Oct-19 16:42:07

It's vile. I'm right with you @Stuckinanutshell

mumwon Thu 17-Oct-19 16:45:23

Boob could be used as a gerund (ahem - don't blame me. I was taught by nuns grin)

FiveHoursSleep Thu 17-Oct-19 16:45:44

If you are going to consider boobing babies, then you'll have to bottle them as well!

xtinak Thu 17-Oct-19 16:46:29

*If I’m honest, when I’ve actively heard it used in public it seems to be by mothers who go out of their way to make it clear they breastfeed.

Yes. Ok. Well done. It isn’t new. Shuffle along ... and take your flapping boobs with you to boob another day.*

This seems hurtful and unnecessary.

mumwon Thu 17-Oct-19 16:47:31

(mind breast feeding is a lovely term & I don't want to be forced into ugh terms like chest feeding by a certain redefined group)

meetthewildes Thu 17-Oct-19 16:47:34

Oh, I like it!

We refer to breasteeding as 'norking' though and I'm fairly sure that my one-year-old knows me as 'Norks' though, so...

FudgeBrownie2019 Thu 17-Oct-19 16:47:59

Whilst I'm fully on board and smiley about breastfeeding there's something revoltingly twee about "to boob" that makes me clench a little in the nether regions.

Zaphodsotherhead Thu 17-Oct-19 16:48:31

I think it should just be 'feeding baby'. I agree with a PP who said that it's almost always said by card-carrying 'Breastfeeding is superior, therefore I am superior' women.

I breasfed all five of my kids, but I never 'boobed' any of them. I fed them, though. And if we just say 'fed' we take away part of that discrimination towards ff mums.

Bluerussian Thu 17-Oct-19 16:49:31


I bet you wouldn't of said it either, I know I wouldn't of and would soon be bored of it. Can't bare it wink.

So..................what next?

NumberblockNo1 Thu 17-Oct-19 16:49:43

I dont like it at all and I was a bf til past 1yr old, feed anywhere mum.

I "fed" my baby, offered her milk, needed to feed. ("Milkies" but only at home out of earshot of anyone else!!!) Do you want milk etc as she was older.

Finished feeding 6 years ago but wasnt aware of boobing then, its like its sprung ip and its everywhere!

LaurieMarlow Thu 17-Oct-19 16:49:56

But I feel like it's being reclaimed.

Agree with this. I like it.

nannybeach Thu 17-Oct-19 16:49:57

Well, boob, can be a verb it means to make a mistake. I hate people saying they are going to hoover, rather than vacuum, and "couldnt of", somethink,nothink

Lessthanzero Thu 17-Oct-19 16:50:33

I say to my dd, do you want booby cuddles. I wouldn't say it in public though.

The phrases "give her a bit of boob/do you want a bit of boob" get used too.

I would never day I boob the baby though. Its weird.

LaurieMarlow Thu 17-Oct-19 16:51:13

Shuffle along ... and take your flapping boobs with you

Defensive and bitchy. Nice.

AliceAbsolum Thu 17-Oct-19 16:51:41

Gash means vagina. So I suppose it is an alternative insult to cunt.

Celebelly Thu 17-Oct-19 16:52:19

@Rystall Because breastfeeding isn't always about hunger. Sometimes she wants it for comfort

angieloumc Thu 17-Oct-19 16:56:38

Someone I know put a photo of her granddaughter up on Facebook with the caption 'boob juice comes from were?' (Instead of where obviously). I had to mute her I'm afraid. She was also a user of 'could of' 'alot' 'hubster' 'grankids' and one that makes me cringe 'pogged' in regards to being full. Why on earth would anyone use the term 'boob juice', it's awful.

Rystall Thu 17-Oct-19 16:57:20

@Celebelly. Then she wants a cuddle or wants her Mummy ( or whoever) 🤷‍♀️

WonkyDonk87 Thu 17-Oct-19 16:57:53

"Norking" is fab. All BF mums I have known use "breastfeeding", feeding", "milk" etc but have some silly phrase to use at home ours is that we offer Mooooook grin

Celebelly Thu 17-Oct-19 16:58:11

But sometimes she wants both grin and boob covers all bases. But I only use it with mum friends and DP.

WonkyDonk87 Thu 17-Oct-19 16:58:37

Strikethrough fail ugh

Celebelly Thu 17-Oct-19 16:58:55

Although I'm going to change to 'norking' in light of this thread

PlatoAteMySnozcumber Thu 17-Oct-19 17:01:28

I am usually a language and grammar pedant but I have to confess to using boob instead of breast and boobing instead of breastfeeding. I can’t help but feel talking about a ‘breastfeed’ sounds very matronly although I would refer to the style of feeding in general as breastfeeding. I very rarely heard the word ‘breast’ growing up in the 80’s 90’s, it was all ‘boob’ so it’s just a word a feel more comfortable with. I would in no way lump it in a category with ‘hunning’.

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