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Ok, I hardly dare to ask, but could someone please explain the term "Militant BF"?

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DeJaVous Wed 01-Oct-08 12:55:38

I really don't want to cause a riot, or to offend anyone who was unable to BF for any reason, or anyone who has taken an informed decision to FF, nor do I wish to bash BFers in any way. I am genuinely interested.

I have seen several people describe themselves as "militant BF" in my time on here just don't understand how doing something that is the biological norm can ever/also be militant. Lactivist I get, this I need help with.

Nancy66 Wed 01-Oct-08 12:57:17

Read the thread on Oxfam - it will all become clear....

DeJaVous Wed 01-Oct-08 12:59:38

Nancy, I don't wish to be rude, but I have read the Oxfam thread and on the basis of that, you are the last person who's opinion on the subject I would respect.

VictorianSqualor Wed 01-Oct-08 13:06:58

It;s normally used to slate someone who is pro-bf. Along with 'lactivist' and 'bf nazi'.
It's shit.
I'm surprised anyone has calledthemselves it? Has it been tongue-in-cheek?

Nancy66 Wed 01-Oct-08 13:07:24

Couldn't give a flying fuck to be honest - it's a public forum so you can't pick and choose who replies to your posts.

ps. whose not who's

DeJaVous Wed 01-Oct-08 13:10:52

Thanks VS.

No, the reason I ask is because of people saying it about themselves, the last time I saw it was on the Oxfam thread but I've seen it several times before too. I don't think it was tongue in cheek...

I've also seen people referring to themselves as lactavists (and even their DPs on occasion). I have been lucky enough not to have come across 'bf nazi'.

DeJaVous Wed 01-Oct-08 13:11:27

Glad we can agree to disagree Nancysmile

VictorianSqualor Wed 01-Oct-08 13:18:34

I've said before "I'm a self-confessed 'militant bfer'"
But always in quotes as it's a name someone else has given pro-BFers iyswim.

CountessDracula Wed 01-Oct-08 13:20:52

TrinityRhino has said she is militant on that thread

DeJaVous Wed 01-Oct-08 13:21:30

So, it's the reclamation of an offensive term, in much the same way as some offensive racist terms are being reclaimed by the black community.

Thanks for that VS. Should have worked it out myself reallywink

DeJaVous Wed 01-Oct-08 13:22:37

Indeed Countess, I didn't want to name names. More bun-fight risk I figuredgrin

wasabipeanut Wed 01-Oct-08 13:24:38

The word militant is used by lazy people who want to discredit an argument without actually having to think.

Militant feminist, militant tendency in Labour Party etc. All conjour images of dungarees and donkey jackets.

Its just lazy.

VictorianSqualor Wed 01-Oct-08 13:32:35

Hmm, I just read the thread.
I think TR probably meant it in the way I would have, i.e because I'm very pro-bf and anti things like formula advertising and crap breastfeeding support etc, am active in my role rather than passive then I would be (and have been) labelled as a 'militant bfer' so it's more a name for a type of person rather than an insult anymore if that makes any sense?

DeJaVous Wed 01-Oct-08 13:35:11

Ah ha. You can add me to the list of militants too then.

ChasingSquirrels Wed 01-Oct-08 13:36:04

bf while marching? wink

DeJaVous Wed 01-Oct-08 13:36:54

Tandem BF whilst marching, surely?


ChasingSquirrels Wed 01-Oct-08 13:37:16


InTheDollshouse Wed 01-Oct-08 13:48:23

It's bfeeders who turn up at ffeeders' houses at 5am wearing balaclavas and drag them out of bed shouting "breast is best!"


SoupDragon Wed 01-Oct-08 13:49:54

Basically the term is a load of b*llocks.

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