Missing a fast due to breastfeeding

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Q: Today a woman has the option of feeding her infant with milk-based formula. Keeping that in mind, is she still allowed to miss her fasts if she breastfeeds her child and is weakened because of it?


A: Yes, if she has to breastfeed and fasting whilst breastfeeding is difficult she may postpone the fast for a later date.

فصل في العوارض المبيحة لعدم الصوم … ( أو حامل أو مرضع ) أما كانت أو ظئرا على الظاهر ( خافت بغلبة الظن على نفسها أو ولدها )

قال الشامي في رد المحتار : قوله ( أو مرضع ) هي التي شأنها الإرضاع وإن لم تباشره والمرضعة هي التي في حال الإرضاع ملقمة ثديها الصبي نهر عن الكشاف (رد المحتتار 2/ 421-422)

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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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