Definition of breastfeed in English:

breastfeed

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1(of a woman) feed (a baby) with milk from the breast.

    ‘she breastfed her first child’
    no object ‘sometimes it is not possible to breastfeed’
    • ‘My whole life I wanted to breastfeed my babies, and have them at home.’
    • ‘I attended Lamaze classes to prepare myself for birth without medication, and I knew I would breastfeed my baby.’
    • ‘This plan can help you with problems that could keep you from breastfeeding your baby.’
    • ‘They wrapped him in a warm blanket, cradled him gently, even let the mother breastfeed him for a while.’
    • ‘Out of necessity, one woman in the corner awkwardly attempts to breastfeed her child.’
    • ‘Those who breastfeed their babies may pass on harmful chemicals through breast milk.’
    • ‘A woman who is breastfeeding her baby can safely be vaccinated.’
    • ‘JW reminded himself that in many countries, women breastfeed their children for several years.’
    • ‘They also checked for PCBs in the breast milk of the mothers who breastfed their babies - about half of the cohort.’
    • ‘Before and after work, and during the night, a working mother can breastfeed her baby.’
    • ‘According to a recent study, women from rural areas are less likely to breastfeed their children.’
    • ‘However, this contraceptive effect is only true if you are fully breastfeeding a baby aged less than six months.’
    • ‘Don't breastfeed a toddler during pregnancy because the new baby needs all the nourishment it can get.’
    • ‘Most later examples show Mary breastfeeding a wide-eyed child.’
    • ‘Try to breastfeed your baby within the first hour after birth if possible.’
    • ‘A mother usually can continue to breastfeed her baby if the baby develops jaundice.’
    • ‘In fact, in addition to breastfeeding your baby often, getting enough rest is key to building a good milk supply.’
    • ‘Although Lisa breastfeeds the baby, they have developed a shared process.’
    • ‘I couldn't stand it and had to ask her how she could possibly breastfeed this way.’
    • ‘The more people see mothers breastfeeding their babies, the more normal it will become in our society.’
    give food to, provide food for, provide for, cater for, prepare food for, cook for, make a meal for, wine and dine
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    1. 1.1no object (of a baby) feed from the breast.
      ‘the child began to breastfeed’
      • ‘The best way a mother can prepare is to learn about breastfeeding before the baby is born.’
      • ‘Systemic supplementation also is not recommended if the child is breastfeeding.’
      • ‘Infants may be infected by their mothers during pregnancy, childbirth or, rarely, while breastfeeding.’
      • ‘Your baby has a good sense of smell, which helps him find the nipple and begin to breastfeed.’
      • ‘The mother would have to come because the baby needed regular breastfeeding.’
      • ‘Her vigorous infant breastfed well, and they were discharged on the second post-partum day.’
      • ‘The baby was delivered, started breastfeeding, and they just stayed together.’
      • ‘One explanation of this could be that the mothers exchange more tenderness with the baby while breastfeeding.’
      • ‘The cover of the January-February issue showed an infant breastfeeding.’
      • ‘Talk to your doctor if you or your baby have problems with breastfeeding.’
      • ‘Babies born to mothers who have used substances may feed poorly or have trouble with breastfeeding.’
      • ‘If your infant doesn't vomit after 12 to 24 hours, start breastfeeding or begin giving formula.’
      • ‘By pumping her breasts, a mother keeps up her milk supply so that her baby can breastfeed when he is stronger.’
      • ‘Premature babies, as well as babies born by cesarean in general, have more difficulty breastfeeding.’
      • ‘If you use a bottle too early, your baby may not breastfeed as well.’
      • ‘With some guidance, planning, patience and practice, you and your baby can breastfeed successfully.’
      • ‘Do we want to remove tiny babies from their mums, especially when they're breastfeeding?’
      • ‘Also, how do you wean a baby from breastfeeding and still continue cosleeping?’
      • ‘Vitamin D and iron supplements are indicated for infants breastfeeding at discharge.’
      • ‘Central to the statement is the recommendation that babies breastfeed exclusively for the first six months.’

Pronunciation

breastfeed

/ˈbrɛs(t)fiːd/