Definition of breastfeed in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbrɛs(t)fiːd

verb (past and past participle breastfed)

[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
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    • Before and after work, and during the night, a working mother can breastfeed her baby.
    • JW reminded himself that in many countries, women breastfeed their children for several years.
    • Although Lisa breastfeeds the baby, they have developed a shared process.
  • 1.1 [no object] (Of a baby) feed from the breast: the child began to breastfeed
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    • With some guidance, planning, patience and practice, you and your baby can breastfeed successfully.
    • Central to the statement is the recommendation that babies breastfeed exclusively for the first six months.
    • The cover of the January-February issue showed an infant breastfeeding.

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