Does breastfeeding whilst fasting break the fast?

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Q. Alhumdulillah, Allah has blessed me with a baby girl. I have decided to breastfeed my baby and not bottle-feed my baby. Can I breastfeed my baby during the Month of Ramadaan whilst fasting? Will breastfeeding my child whilst fasting during the Month of Ramadaan nullify my fast?

A. It is permissible for a woman to breastfeed a child whilst fasting. The breastfeeding of a child whilst fasting will not nullify the fast. However, if fasting is detrimental to the health of a breastfeeding woman, she may postpone the fast and make Qadha of the missed fasts after the Month of Ramadaan when she is a position to do so. (Badaai-us-Sanaai)

A breastfeeding woman should consult an upright and experienced Muslim doctor for advice on whether fasting will be detrimental to her health or not and act upon their advice accordingly.

Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

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