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Feeding and caring for a baby

baby milk

noun

a type of liquid for babies that is made to be similar to a mother’s milk

baby talk

noun

sounds and words that babies make when they are learning to speak, or similar sounds and words that adults use when talking to babies

bond

verb

to develop the strong and special feeling of love that it is considered normal for a mother and her baby to have for one another

bottle-feed

verb

to feed a baby with milk from a bottle rather than breastfeeding it

breastfeed

verb

to feed a baby with milk from your breasts rather than bottle-feeding it

burp

verb

to help a baby to bring up air from its stomach by hitting it gently on the back

change

verb

if you change a baby or change its nappy, you take off the dirty nappy and put a clean one on

colic

noun

pain that a baby has in its stomach

cot death

noun

the sudden death of a young baby while he or she is sleeping, with no obvious cause

crib death

noun

cot death

dandle

verb

to move a baby or young child up and down gently on your knee or in your arms

feed

verb

if a baby feeds, or if you feed it, the baby drinks milk

feed

noun

an occasion on which you give milk to a baby

formula

noun

baby milk

lactate

verb

if a woman or female animal lactates, she produces milk in her breasts in order to feed her baby

motherese

noun

the special sounds and words that people use when talking to babies

neonatal

adjective

relating to the first weeks of a baby’s life

nurse

verb

if a woman nurses a baby, she feeds it by letting the baby suck milk from her breasts

nurse

verb

if a baby nurses, it sucks milk from a woman’s breast

paternity leave

noun

a period of time when a father is allowed to be away from work after the birth of his child

postnatal

adjective

referring to the period of time after the birth of a baby

put down

to put a baby in a bed so that it can go to sleep

suckle

verb

to feed a baby or young animal with milk from a breast or udder

suckle

verb

if a baby or young animal suckles, it sucks milk from a breast or udder

swaddle

verb

to wrap a baby very tightly in cloth

wean

verb

to make a baby stop taking its mother’s milk and start to eat solid food

wet nurse

noun

a woman who is paid to feed another woman’s baby with her own breast milk

wet-nurse

verb

to be a child’s wet nurse

wind

verb

to help a baby get rid of the gas in its stomach through its mouth by rubbing its back

breastfeeding

noun

maternity/paternity/parental leave

a period of time away from a job because you or your partner has just had a baby

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