How many feedings would make one a foster mother

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Q: How many feeds should a baby have from a woman in order for her to become his milk mother. Some say one sip is sufficient while others say that the baby should have had 3 full feeds before she can be considered to be his milk mother. Please clarify.


A: Any amount of milk the child drinks despite how little it may be will cause the woman to become the foster mother.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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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