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Messygirl Sun 23-Nov-14 06:26:16

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Booboostoo Sun 23-Nov-14 07:18:57

The previous topic was about all kinds of feeding in the early stages, bf, ff, and mixed, so I imagine this topic covers everything as well. I think you are reading too much into the 'infant' bit. If you wanted advice on feeding toddlers and children I'm sure you'd get good responses here.

Hazchem Sun 23-Nov-14 09:03:58

Might thoughts too madrigals. I liked that breast and bottle feeding were together. I think infant feeding is a bit humm. Particualry is Mumsnet Breast and Bottle feeding is one of the only places I've felt compftable askign for advice about feeding an older child. I did write on the site topic but haven't heard anything back

tiktok Sun 23-Nov-14 09:22:01

You are over thinking this, OP. 'Infant' is not a legal definition. It is the equivalent of very early years. You'll get help and support here asking about any early days or weeks or months or years feeding.

Most women are not solely breastfeeders or solely bottle or solely formula feeders. Infant feeding covers the lot smile

Messygirl Sun 23-Nov-14 09:47:13

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Messygirl Sun 23-Nov-14 09:49:28

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LastOneDancing Sun 23-Nov-14 11:25:11

That's interesting.
My first school was split into infants (4-7ish) and juniors (8+) so I've always assumed an infant is just a young child...

tiktok Sun 23-Nov-14 11:29:40

Published medical research usually defines infant as up to 12 mths, but it's not cut and dried even so. Mumsnet is not a medical journal smile

noblegiraffe Sun 23-Nov-14 11:38:33

I thought infant feeding sounded like a weaning topic. If it's about breast/bottle feeding, why not baby feeding? Or baby/infant feeding? People looking for help with a newborn aren't going to go in an infant feeding topic.

BertieBotts Sun 23-Nov-14 12:07:04

But there was never a separate breastfeeding and bottlefeeding topic.

squizita Sun 23-Nov-14 13:15:37

It was always both "breast and bottle feeding".
My only thought is would this topic get confused with weaning threads too, as infants of 6 months+ will also eat solids?

DawnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 23-Nov-14 16:52:16

Hi there Madrigals ,

Thanks for starting a thread about this - we're happy to explain.

We've recently had to make changes to a lot of our Topic names. ​Well over 50% of traffic to Mumsnet is mobile these days, and longer topic titles weren't displaying well on small screens and were taking up too much space.

​We felt that 'Infant feeding' was a good umbrella heading, but we're always open to suggestions, so if you can think of a (shortish!) title that is more suitable then please do shout - you may well think of a better alternative that hadn't occurred to us.

Messygirl Sun 23-Nov-14 19:02:21

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tobeabat Sun 23-Nov-14 19:04:55

"milk feeding"???

Messygirl Sun 23-Nov-14 19:13:25

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tobeabat Sun 23-Nov-14 19:18:20

Kind of neutral, I thought! Though perhaps not specific enough??

StetsonsAreCool Sun 23-Nov-14 19:20:23

I like that bf and ff are one topic - you get lots of cross over advice, diverse opinions, and many, many posters who don't exclusively breast or bottle feed and mix the two. To separate the topics would only serve to reinforce the divide between bf and ff that sadly exists.

What was the old topic name? I can't even remember anymore! smile

MoreSnowPlease Sun 23-Nov-14 19:31:43

Why seperate? We are all just feeding our babies and that is what gets talked about. Imagine the threads with separate topics. "OP, if you are having trouble bf you need to go over to the ff topic and start a new thread"!

Also, Infant Feeding Specialist is generally a job title given to lactation consultants I have met which is more open. Lots of people have trouble with breastfeeding and formula feeding and most people are able to offer suggestions for help with both.

Why would you want to seperate the two OP?

StetsonsAreCool Sun 23-Nov-14 19:34:48

I don't even mind if some weaning stuff comes into it, because it's all part of feeding our babies - none of it exists in a vacuum.

Agree that infant feeding is slightly clunky, but once you've thought about it for a split second, that's the best way to describe it.

StetsonsAreCool Sun 23-Nov-14 19:36:13

Forgot the ' ' around 'infant feeding'.

Now it sounds like the act of feeding babies is clunky. Which, to be fair, it sometimes is grin

Hazchem Sun 23-Nov-14 22:18:00

It's a strange one. I'd like to keep both the breast and bottle feeding together. Although I've only breastfeed I often learn loads on posts about bottle feeding and I hope it helps me understand other mother's experience. but something about infant feeding sounds wrong although not very wrong just a bit umm wrong.

Messygirl Sun 23-Nov-14 22:20:03

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Darquesse Sun 23-Nov-14 22:25:29

My first thought was 'milk' too, or Milk feeding sounds better.

BertieBotts Mon 24-Nov-14 13:23:31

I prefer infant feeding to milk feeding. Milk feeding sounds strange, unless you made it a jokey title like "Got milk?"

NickyEds Mon 24-Nov-14 14:40:02

If someone said "infant" to me I'd just think "little person"smile I think very few people would think it excludes them as they have a 1 or 2 year old! I suspect the reason why bf and ff aren't separate is that only a very small percentage of women ebf. I also wouldn't mind if a bit of weaning came into it, I've posted on weaning before and there's more traffic here.

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