Breastapo

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Etymology[edit]

Blend of breast and Gestapo.

Noun[edit]

Breastapo (uncountable)

  1. (slang, derogatory) Overzealous lactivists who pressure women to breastfeed and guilt formula-feeders taken as a group.
    • 2011, Anna Maxted, "Breastfeeding: Protect us from the Breastapo", The Telegraph, 11 May 2011:
      In that vulnerable post-natal daze, brainwashed by the NCT and other hard-line members of the Breastapo, I almost believed it was better to starve my son than pollute him with formula.
    • 2011, Emma Cowing, "The 'Breastapo' need to lay down their arms", The Scotsman, 21 June 2011:
      Not all women can produce enough milk to feed their babies, and many push themselves to the brink of sanity in the attempt to do so, partly because of the pressure piled on to them by the Breastapo.
    • 2013, Jen Wight, Day 6: When Motherhood & Madness Collide, Green Olive Press (2013), ISBN 9780987209979, unnumbered page:
      I'd heard about the Breastapo but hadn't encountered a member yet. These are midwives and nurses whose keenness on breastfeeding somewhat overwhelms their ability to be kind and considerate.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.