- to nurse (a baby) at the breast; suckle.
- (of a baby) to nurse.
- to nurse a baby.
Origin of breast-feed
First recorded in 1900–05
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(d) An allowance for breast-feeding at the rate of 12 cents a day, including Sundays and holidays, for 12 weeks after confinement.
Influence of the length of the birth interval and the duration of breast-feeding on infant mortality, exhibited by Weinberg.
The varying length of breast-feeding of the children has probably also its influence.
The habit of breast-feeding as running in families and infant mortality.
This is partly due to interference with breast-feeding and partly to the unfavourable influence on pregnancy.
- to feed (a baby) with milk from the breast; suckle
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- To feed a baby mother's milk from the breast; suckle.
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