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The Blessing Of Natural Breastfeeding: Getting Pregnant Whilst Breastfeeding

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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 meaning):

"And We send down blessed water (rain) from the sky" [Qaaf 50:9]

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 particular.

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?

Answer:

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.

 

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