Joined: 24 Dec 2006
Location: Florida, USA
|Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 3:42 am Post subject: PENDULOUS BREASTS
|A recently married young lady has questions about having a baby and breast feeding. Her concern: Child bearing and breast feeding the infant would cause slackening of the breasts causing unshapely, unattractive figure.
She also asks what the Qur’an has to say on breast feeding, if at all.
Dear lady! Slackening of the breasts occurs due to hormonal effects during pregnancy. It has nothing to do with suckling. Breast feeding is good for your baby. Having a baby protects you to a significant extent against having breast cancer later in life. Your doctor can advise you simple, effective exercises to keep in shape.
The Qur’an encourages breast feeding for up to two years if possible.
2:233 If the (divorced) mothers wish to nurse their infants, the father shall provide for the mother’s sustenance and clothing equitably up to two years of nursing. No human being shall be burdened with more than he or she is well able to bear. No mother shall be made to suffer because of her child, nor shall a father be made to suffer because of his child. If the father dies, his heir shall assume these responsibilities. If both parents decide with mutual consent, there shall be nothing wrong in entrusting your children to foster-mothers. There shall be nothing wrong if you ensure, in a fair manner, the safety of the child you are handing over. Be mindful of God and know that God is Seer of all that you do.