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