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A Nursing Mother’s Ramadan Reflections, by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil

Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil thought she knew what a challenging fasting day was…until she became a mother and began nursing her baby. I thought that my hardest Ramadans were the ones I spent in Jordan, as a young student of knowledge. The days were incredibly long, and the blistering summer heat was like nothing I’d ever […]

Can I Pray While Sitting and Nursing so as to Not Miss the Prayer Time?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaikum, Sometimes when I am nursing my daughter she nurses from before the start of prayer through to the passing of the prayer time. It is hard to unlatch her as she will cry inconsolably. Can I pray while sitting and nursing so as not to miss the […]

Can a Wife Demand Payment for Nursing Her Child? (Shafi’i)

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally Question: Assalam alaykum, Can a wife demand payment from her husband for breastfeeding their child? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, If a mother wants to breastfeed her child, it is not permissible for the father to prevent her from doing so. However, it is not considered obligatory for a […]

Has the Husband of a Woman Who Nursed Another’s Baby an Emotional Link With This Baby?

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally Question: Assalam alaykum, Has the husband of a woman who nursed another’s baby an emotional link with this baby? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, Legal scholarship generally concerned itself with issues that were legally regulated. In the case of having another woman nurse one’s child, legal ramifications involved rendering […]

Developing a Mahram Relationship Through Nursing in Maliki Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour Question: Assalamualaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuhu My father was adopted and when he was about 7 yrs old his mother (who adopted him) conceived and she gave my father some of her breast milk with a spoon. Does this make him her mahram? Will that also mean my uncle is […]

Should I Use Breast Milk or Formula?

Answered by Ustadha Shaista Maqbool Question: Is it ok to use powdered breast milk instead of breastfeeding? Answer: Assalaamu alaikum warahmatu Allah, Whether a baby should be given breast milk or formula is a decision made between the parents. Experts agree upon the benefits of breast milk and that it is a superior form of […]