Breastfeeding Question. Where did "ninny" come from?

I was having a chat yesterday about "ninny". IE: Breastfeeding.

My mamaw has always called it that. My kids call it that. "Want some ninny?"

I googled it and really didn't find anything conclusive. Since I hear it all the time I just knew there would be something about it somewhere. I was wrong.

When I talk with my mamaw today I am going to ask her about it.



Feener said…
ninny, i like it !!!
Shirley said…
When Alicia was an infant and nursed her daddy would say to me "listen she is say ninny". From then on he or I would tell her are you wanting ninny. I have no idea where it came from, but always thought it was cute once I heard it.
Lydia said…
Ok, so I know this is an old post, but I thought I would share anyway.

Growing up breast milk was always referred to as Ninny Pie. Rather it was my mom nursing a sibling or our cat nursing her kittens it was always called Ninny Pie.

My mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother all used this term without blinking an eye.

It was only after I got older and would use it around people not in my family that I realized it was not common terminology.

I have since tried to learn more about its origins online, but to no avail.

I have asked people of older generations, and surprisingly enough a lot of them know what I am referring to, especially those with a rural upbringing.
Apparently it's a Southern colloquialism for "breast". My mother used it when my brothers and I were growing up. I never heard anyone else call it that until one day I turned on the radio and heard it said by a character on The John Boy and Billy Big Show.
Anonymous said…
My family has always used the term ninny. I can't find the origin anywhere!