Definition of nursling in English:



  • A baby that is being breastfed.

    ‘A young girl could watch as her newborn sibling latched on to her mother's breast, and could observe how the mother would switch the nursling from one breast to the other.’
    • ‘Soranos believed that the wet nurse transmits her own qualities to the child, so an even-tempered woman free from superstition should be found; she should also be Greek-speaking, so that the nursling becomes accustomed to hearing Greek.’
    • ‘Hold your nursling close as you dream about your next baby, and never doubt for a moment that you have what it takes to make the best choices for each of you as you go along.’
    • ‘No global consensus exists on whether or how to screen nurslings or mothers for vitamin D deficiency or on how to prevent vitamin D deficiency among nurslings.’
    • ‘Risk factors for nurslings and their mothers overlap and interact.’
    • ‘My wife's breasts are neither the seat of my sexual gratification nor an open-all-night diner for the latest nursling.’
    • ‘Now that my children are 13 and 8, I look back happily on the days when I had a nursling in my bed.’



/ˈnərsliNG/ /ˈnərslɪŋ/