Breastfeeding period

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Q: I would like to know about the maximum time frame allowed in Islam for breastfeeding my child. Is breastfeeding past two years considered haraam?


A: As far as possible, the feeding should be terminated within two years. If there is a genuine need it can be extended up till six months.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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