verb (used without object), breast-fed, breast-feed·ing.
  1. (of a baby) to nurse.
  2. to nurse a baby.

Origin of breast-feed

First recorded in 1900–05 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for breast-feeding

Contemporary Examples of breast-feeding

  • After all, women now use Facebook to share sonogram pictures, breast-feeding tips, and even cervical dilation during labor.

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    Birth as Performance Art?

    Jennifer Block

    October 17, 2011

  • Breast-feeding may burn calories, but it also stimulates appetite, leading many women to eat more.

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    The Post-Pregnancy Weight-Loss Obsession

    Katie Gentile

    January 23, 2010

Historical Examples of breast-feeding

British Dictionary definitions for breast-feeding


verb -feeds, -feeding or -fed
  1. to feed (a baby) with milk from the breast; suckle
Derived Formsbreast-fed, adjectivebreast-feeding, noun
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breast-feeding in Medicine


  1. To feed a baby mother's milk from the breast; suckle.
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