suckle [transitive / intransitive] : to feed a baby, especially a baby animal, with milk from the organ in the mother that produces milk, or (of a baby, especially a baby animal) to drink milk from the mother:
We watched the cow suckling her calves.
The puppies went back to their mother to suckle.
My son is about 2 years old now and I have been intensively speaking English with him since about 6 months ago. English is my second language.
At this moment, he sometimes invents many new expressions based on the words that he knew.
I often say this to him "Do you want to suckle" whenever he wants to be breastfed.
I also taught him what "a boob" is.
Today he said "I suckle the boob"
is my toddler wrong when he says "I suckle the boob"?
I know that a correct one should be "Mommy suckles me" but is there any chance that "I suckle the boob" is correct? I feel "I suckle the boob" sounds ok to my ears.
Also, English is very strange, the verb "suckle" sounds similar to the verb "suck" & when we say "I suck the milk" we mean "I drink it or take the milk into my body" not "I give the milk to others". But why does the word "suckle" mean "to give milk to others"?