be spoon-fed

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be spoon-fed

1. Literally, to have food inserted into one's mouth by another person. My mother had to be spoon-fed for a while after her stroke. No, my daughter is off the bottle now—she's spoon-fed.
2. By extension, to be helped excessively by someone else (usually to the recipient's detriment). Those students are lazy because they are always spoon-fed the answers by their teacher. The actress got so flustered in front of the camera that she had to be spoon-fed her lines. How unprofessional!
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Overall, there was no difference in how often a baby choked among babies who fed themselves, fed themselves and were spoon-fed, or were mainly spoonfed.
It was found that the time for transition to full breastfeeding was significantly shorter in preterm babies who were spoon-fed compared to the ones who were bottle-fed (p<0.
Considering the objective of the study, the time of switching to full breastfeeding, but not the time of switching to oral feeding was investigated in preterm babies who were spoon-fed and bottle-fed.