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Duration of Breastfeeding

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Mahmoodiyah

Question:

Respected Mufti Sahib,

Assalamualaikum,

I would like to know followings things?

1. How long should a mother breastfeed her baby according to Shari’ah?

2. What are the virtues of breastfeeding?

Wassalaam


Answer:

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According to the Shari’ah a mother should breastfeed her baby for a maximum of two lunar years from the time of the baby’s birth.  We do not have any information with regards to the virtue of the mother breastfeeding her baby at this time, however if she does this for the pleasure of Allah and also breastfeeds her child happily with all its burdens then she must gain reward in the Hereafter.                                  

And Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Muhammad Ashraf

Darul Iftaa

Jameah Mahmoodiyah

Springs

                  

15 April 2005

06 Rabee’ul Awwal 1426

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