Thursday, November 16, 2006

Breastfeeding

Since so many pregnant mothers are coming here recently searching for duas I thought this would be a great opportunity to write a pro-breastfeeding post.

I used to be an avid nursing mother. I nursed both my girls till they were 21 months old and I felt no shame, pressure or anything else of the sort. Please sisters, do not let other people pressure you into weaning too early or, God forbid, not nursing at all. Unless you have some sort of medical problem, your baby deserves that milk that God has provided for them.

Do not let your family and friends make you feel as if you are doing something wrong if you choose to breastfeed. Do not let the formula companies’ freebie diaper bags and truck loads of free formula entice you into supplementing your breast milk with formula. They want you to do that because they know that it will decrease your milk supply.

If you are having problems with nursing and need some help, please contact a lactation consultant or lookup your local La Leche League Group for more information. http://www.lalecheleague.org

Here are some great breastfeeding sites with oodles of information: (WARNING! The following websites have many pictures of breastfeeding mothers and their adorable little ones, so if you are offended by that, don’t visit!)
http://www.007b.com/
http://nurseherenow.com/
http://www.breastfeeding.com/
http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/
http://www.breastfeedingbasics.org/
http://www.promom.org/
http://www.whenmothersnurse.org/
http://www.breastfeedingmatters.com/


If you want to know why breastfeeding is also so important in Islam, read Surat-al-Baqara

“And the mothers should suckle their children for two whole years” (2:233)


Now here are some great Islamic websites with breastfeeding information:

Muslim Mom’s Breastfeeding FAQ
The Quran and Breastfeeding
Different rules regarding nursing - according to the Fatawa of Ayatullah al Uzama Syed Ali al-Husaini Seestani


I hope all of you sisters choose to breastfeed, if you are able, and I pray that you all have a fast and easy delivery with healthy and happy babies, Inshallah!

4 comments:

  1. It's so tough in the beginning but i'm so glad i stuck with it. :-) la leche league rocks...they've helped me through three biting phases. Glad you posted this info for other sisters!

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  2. Hooray for breastfeeding! It's such a sweet and special time and the best way to feed our babies. I have enjoyed visiting your blog today.

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  3. Came across this post through an Islam, breastfeeding search...glad to find you!

    Thanks for posting this, I've nursed all my babies to age 2, alhamdulillah. Breastfeeding is so precious, I am so thankful for it!
    Thanks for making these links available!

    Stop by and say hello sometime.

    Peace,
    Salihah

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  4. Good for you nursing mothers!!! I'm so glad to see y'all here.

    I'll definitely stop by and say hello! :)

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