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Having someone else breastfeed children

Fatwaa ID: 2178

Asalamualykum, Hope MuftiSaheb is well and may Allah keep you with Aafiyat Aameen.

Two girl 1st cousins ( their fathers are brothers ) have their Aunties breastfeed them.

  1. Is this encouraged to do ?
  2. Benefits of doing this ?
  3. Any such case in the time of the Sahabah found ?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

  1. The above is permissible, not necessarily encouraged. There is nothing wrong with it.
  2. There may be some benefit such as establishing mahram relationships. A foster child becomes a mahram to the foster mother, the foster mother’s husband and the foster mother’s children, amongst others.
  3. Having foster mothers/wet nurses was common amongst the Arabs for various reasons. Nabi ﷺ himself was breastfed by multiple foster mother.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

08/14/1445 AH – 02/24/2024 CE | 867

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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