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Crunchy acronyms

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Like any community, crunchy families have a whole set of acronyms to describe typical crunchy materials and methods. Here’s a list, although I’m sure I will miss a few!

ACV

Apple Cider Vinegar

AP

Attachment Parenting

BF

Breastfeeding

BLW

Baby-Led Weaning

BM

Breast Milk

BW

Baby Wearing

CD

Cloth Diapers

CIO

Cry It Out

(This technique is not crunchy, but rather something the crunchy community often advocates against.)

Circ

Circumcision

(Crunchy families typically advocate against this as well.)

CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

CO

Coconut Oil

CPM

Certified Professional Midwife

Crunchies

Crunchy people

CS

Colloidal Silver

DF

Dairy-Free

EBF

Depends on context:

  • Exclusively Breastfeeding, or
  • Extended Breastfeeding

EBM

Expressed Breast Milk

EC

Elimination Communication

EO

Essential Oil

EP

Exclusively Pumped

ERF

Extended Rear-Facing (in reference to car seat safety)

FCLO

Fermented Cod Liver Oil

FF

Forward-Facing (in reference to car seat safety)

GF

Gluten-Free

GLENS

Grains, Legumes, Nuts & Seeds

HBAC

Home Birth After Cesarean

LC

Lactation Consultant

MW

Midwife

NF

Nut-Free

NFP

Natural Family Planning

NIP

Nursing In Public

SAHM

Stay-At-Home-Mom

SF

Soy-Free

TTC

Trying To Conceive

TTO

Tea Tree Oil

WAHM

Work-At-Home-Mom

VBAC

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean


Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments what lingo your crunchy family uses!

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