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    breast-feed

    Can we use the verb "breast-feed" for animals too?
    E.g. My dog breast-feeds her babies every day.
    Or do we have to use "feed"?

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    Re: breast-feed

    Use "nurses." The dog nurses her puppies.

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    #3

    Re: breast-feed

    Or "suckles".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: breast-feed

    Sorry Dave but I've never heard "nurses"! - it makes me think of a labrador in an apron with a red cross.

    I'd say "suckles" as Emsr2d2 said.

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    #5

    Re: breast-feed

    "Suckles" is a bit of a graphic word for we puritan Americans.

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    #6

    Re: breast-feed

    Yup - This American agrees with Dave on usage on this side of the pond.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: breast-feed

    We do hear "nurses" in the UK, but it's usually on animal documentaries. I can just hear David Attenborough whispering in the dark "And there's our lioness, nursing her two cubs ..."

    As far as the non-use of "breast-feed" goes for animals, the main reason behind it (I assume) is that non-human animals do not have breasts. They have teats. I admit that I don't know if female apes/monkeys etc are considered to have breasts.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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