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verb (used with object), breast-fed, breast-feed·ing.
  1. to nurse (a baby) at the breast; suckle.
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verb (used without object), breast-fed, breast-feed·ing.
  1. (of a baby) to nurse.
  2. to nurse a baby.
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Origin of breast-feed

First recorded in 1900–05
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Related Words for breast-feeding

feed, nourish, cradle, nurture, suckle, suck, wet-nurse, lactate, dry-nurse, bottle-feed, breast-feed

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British Dictionary definitions for breast-feeding


verb -feeds, -feeding or -fed
  1. to feed (a baby) with milk from the breast; suckle
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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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