breastfeed

verb
breast·​feed | \ ˈbrest-ˌfēd How to pronounce breastfeed (audio) \
variants: or breast-feed
breastfed or breast-fed; breastfeeding or breast-feeding; breastfeeds or breast-feeds

Definition of breastfeed

transitive verb

: to feed (a baby) from a mother's breast

intransitive verb

1 : to breastfeed a baby … more women are breastfeeding than ever before …— Lauren Sandler
2 of a baby : to feed oneself by sucking milk from a mother's breast

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Other Words from breastfeed

breastfed or breast-fed adjective
breastfed babies
breastfeeder or breast-feeder noun
breastfeeding or breast-feeding noun

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First Known Use of breastfeed

1888, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of breastfeed was in 1888

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“Breastfeed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breastfeed. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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breast-feed

verb
\ ˈbrest-ˈfēd \
breast-fed\ -​ˈfed \; breast-feeding

Kids Definition of breast-feed

: to feed (a baby) from a mother's breast

breastfeed

verb
breast·​feed | \ ˈbrest-ˌfēd \
variants: or breast-feed
breastfed; breastfeeding

Medical Definition of breastfeed

transitive verb

: to feed (a baby) from a mother's breast

intransitive verb

1 : to breastfeed a baby
2 of a baby : to feed oneself by sucking milk from a mother's breast

Other Words from breastfeed

breastfed or breast-fed adjective
breastfed babies
breastfeeder or breast-feeder noun
This class for first-time breastfeeders will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Reno (Nevada) Gazette-Journal On average, infants who were exclusive breast-feeders continued to drink more as they got older … The Philadelphia Inquirer
breastfeeding or breast-feeding noun

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