Definition of breastfeed in English:



[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’
    • ‘They also checked for PCBs in the breast milk of the mothers who breastfed their babies - about half of the cohort.’
    • ‘Although Lisa breastfeeds the baby, they have developed a shared process.’
    • ‘A woman who is breastfeeding her baby can safely be vaccinated.’
    • ‘According to a recent study, women from rural areas are less likely to breastfeed their children.’
    • ‘JW reminded himself that in many countries, women breastfeed their children for several years.’
    • ‘I attended Lamaze classes to prepare myself for birth without medication, and I knew I would breastfeed my baby.’
    • ‘In fact, in addition to breastfeeding your baby often, getting enough rest is key to building a good milk supply.’
    • ‘They wrapped him in a warm blanket, cradled him gently, even let the mother breastfeed him for a while.’
    • ‘However, this contraceptive effect is only true if you are fully breastfeeding a baby aged less than six months.’
    • ‘Try to breastfeed your baby within the first hour after birth if possible.’
    • ‘Those who breastfeed their babies may pass on harmful chemicals through breast milk.’
    • ‘A mother usually can continue to breastfeed her baby if the baby develops jaundice.’
    • ‘I couldn't stand it and had to ask her how she could possibly breastfeed this way.’
    • ‘Most later examples show Mary breastfeeding a wide-eyed child.’
    • ‘Before and after work, and during the night, a working mother can breastfeed her baby.’
    • ‘The more people see mothers breastfeeding their babies, the more normal it will become in our society.’
    • ‘Out of necessity, one woman in the corner awkwardly attempts to breastfeed her child.’
    • ‘My whole life I wanted to breastfeed my babies, and have them at home.’
    • ‘Don't breastfeed a toddler during pregnancy because the new baby needs all the nourishment it can get.’
    • ‘This plan can help you with problems that could keep you from breastfeeding your baby.’
    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’
      • ‘Also, how do you wean a baby from breastfeeding and still continue cosleeping?’
      • ‘Her vigorous infant breastfed well, and they were discharged on the second post-partum day.’
      • ‘Your baby has a good sense of smell, which helps him find the nipple and begin to breastfeed.’
      • ‘Infants may be infected by their mothers during pregnancy, childbirth or, rarely, while breastfeeding.’
      • ‘With some guidance, planning, patience and practice, you and your baby can breastfeed successfully.’
      • ‘The mother would have to come because the baby needed regular breastfeeding.’
      • ‘Talk to your doctor if you or your baby have problems with breastfeeding.’
      • ‘Do we want to remove tiny babies from their mums, especially when they're breastfeeding?’
      • ‘The cover of the January-February issue showed an infant breastfeeding.’
      • ‘If you use a bottle too early, your baby may not breastfeed as well.’
      • ‘If your infant doesn't vomit after 12 to 24 hours, start breastfeeding or begin giving formula.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By pumping her breasts, a mother keeps up her milk supply so that her baby can breastfeed when he is stronger.’
      • ‘Babies born to mothers who have used substances may feed poorly or have trouble with breastfeeding.’
      • ‘Central to the statement is the recommendation that babies breastfeed exclusively for the first six months.’
      • ‘Premature babies, as well as babies born by cesarean in general, have more difficulty breastfeeding.’
      • ‘Systemic supplementation also is not recommended if the child is breastfeeding.’
      • ‘The best way a mother can prepare is to learn about breastfeeding before the baby is born.’
      • ‘Vitamin D and iron supplements are indicated for infants breastfeeding at discharge.’