See also: breast-feed and breast feed

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From breast +‎ feed.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈbɹɛs(t)fiːd/
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breastfeed (third-person singular simple present breastfeeds, present participle breastfeeding, simple past and past participle breastfed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To feed (a baby) milk via the breasts; to suckle; to nurse.
    This is a designated place for mothers to breastfeed their babies.
    She stopped breastfeeding after a few months.
  2. (chiefly of a baby, intransitive) To nurse, to suck milk from a breast.
    • 2013, Baby-Led Breastfeeding: Follow Your Baby’s Instincts, →ISBN, page 281:
      Avoid using a bottle until confident your baby is breastfeeding effectively.

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breastfeed (plural breastfeeds)

  1. An instance of feeding milk to a baby from the breasts; a breastfeeding.