A New Mom's Guide to Online Acronyms. (HTH!)

The slang: some old, a lot new.

Every new mom will eventually land on some sort of online motherhood/parenting forum. It’s bound to happen—whether you’re wondering if your newborn is breathing too loud, if you’re hoping your eight-month-old will someday sleep through the night, or if you’re trying to figure out if you’ve got mastitis or the flu.

It’s bound to happen. And those forums and message boards can be uber helpful in terms of both information and support—as long as you know one thing. (Or actually, several of them, at least.)

With my first, I hit the web constantly to figure out what was going on with then-breastfeeding me or my infant son. I would find a good link to answer some plaguing question, only to be confronted with post after post filled with so many LO’s, FTM’s, DD’s and FWIW’s, that I felt I needed an interpreter. The new slang was enough to drive me crazy (and make me feel outdated). In short, I couldn’t see the forest for the trees.

Eventually, I found that interpreter: an online guide to motherhood-related acronyms, also courtesy of Baby Center. Here are the acronyms that I find to be most useful, IMHO, to help you navigate the vast sea of motherly message boards.

Don’t hit the web without it! And for the record, I still don’t know why everyone needs to be called “dear.”

BF: breastfeed, or boyfriend
BM: breast milk, or bowel movement
CIO: cry it out
CS or C/S: cesarean section
DD: dear daughter
DF: dear fiancee
DH: dear husband
DP: dear partner
DS: dear son
DW: dear wife
EBF: extended breastfeeding, exclusively breastfeeding
FF: formula feeding
FTM: first time mom
LO: little one
MC or M/C: miscarriage
ML: maternity leave
MM: mother’s milk
PG: pregnant, or pregnancy
PPD: postpartum depression
SAHD: stay-at-home dad
SAHM: stay-at-home mom
SAHP: stay-at-home parent
WAH: work at home
WOH: work out of the home

Any other good ones we’re missing?

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