Blessing Of Natural Breastfeeding: Getting Pregnant Whilst
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I have been told that breastfeeding is
blessed by Allah and that the Koran states; 'every
drop of breast milk' is blessed. Could you please tell
me where in the Koran I might find such a refence?
Praise be to Allaah.
Undoubtedly the blessing comes where Allaah wills, and
it comes if a person asked Allaah to bless him in his
wealth or provision, so He makes it blessed, or He
makes the person blessed, as ‘Eesa (Jesus – peace be
upon him) said. Allaah says:
"[‘Eesa (Jesus) said:] And He has made me blessed
wheresoever I be"
[Maryam 19:31 – interpretation of the meaning]
And the blessing will be wherever Allaah puts it, as
He says concerning rain (interpretation of the
"And We send down blessed water (rain) from the sky" [Qaaf
i.e., you gain blessing by its falling, because it
makes trees and plants grow. With regard to
breastfeeding, I do not remember any aayah which
mentions it in conjunction with blessing in
Shaykh ‘Abd al-Kareem al-Khudayr.
The Qur'aan encourages the mother to breastfeed her
child naturally. Allaah says:
"The mothers shall give suck to their children for two
whole years, (that is) for those (parents) who desire
to complete the term of suckling" [al-Baqarah 2:233]
This is a command to mothers, as the scholars
explained, to breastfeed their children. The scholars
also mentioned that one part of breastfeeding is
obligatory, which is the yellow substance (colostrum)
that is produced at the beginning of breastfeeding and
which is known medically to be of great benefit in
building the immune system of the child etc.
Undoubtedly in carrying out the commands of Allaah
there is great blessing.
And Allaah is the Source of strength.
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
There Is Nothing Wrong With
Getting Pregnant Whilst Breastfeeding
I have a son who is 19 months old, and I would
like to know: is it permissible for me to get pregnant
whilst I am breastfeeding my son? What is the ruling
if I get pregnant and cannot continue breastfeeding
him? Do I have to wait until I complete two years of
breastfeeding, and then try to get pregnant?.
Praise be to Allaah.
It is permissible for a man to have intercourse with
his wife who is breastfeeding, and there is nothing
wrong with it. And there is nothing wrong with a woman
breastfeeding when pregnant, because of the report
narrated by Muslim (1442) from Judaamah bint Wahb al-Asadiyyah
(may Allah be pleased with her), that she heard the
Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be
upon him) say: "I was thinking of forbidding
intercourse with a breastfeeding woman, until it
occurred to me that the Romans and Persians do that
and it does not harm their children."
But the woman should examine her own case and her
ability to put up with that, and she has to weigh up
her duty towards her nursing infant and what she
herself will need during the period of pregnancy. If
she thinks that she may not be able to balance
matters, or she thinks that it will harm her, then
there is no reason why she should not put off getting
pregnant for a while, so that she can finish
breastfeeding, then start a new pregnancy.
Ibn Jibreen (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked:
I am a woman with six children, and in most cases I
got pregnant before completing the breastfeeding of
the previous child -- before the end of the two years
-- and I want to use the so-called "coil"
[intra-uterine device, a form of contraception that is
inserted in the uterus] to prevent pregnancy for two
years only. What is the Islamic ruling on that?
There is no reason why you should not do that, if both
spouses agree to it, and they are certain that it will
not cause any harm to the uterus or prevent having any
children in the future and so on. End quote.
Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Jibreen, 96/2
See also the answer to question no. 21203.
And Allah knows best.