If you are breastfeeding a baby, this Muslim American blogger recommends buying a special coverup. Here in the Middle East, modesty among religious Christians, Moslems, and Jews is often associated with inhibitions about nursing in public. In countries like the US, where babies are primarily bottle-fed, breastfeeding mothers are frequently asked to leave public places or cover up while billboards with exposed breasts are everywhere. Breastfeeding is an important part of greening the planet. Manufacture, transport and disposal of formula, containers, and bottles create pollution and use extra water resources.
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Breastfeed Your Baby in a Hijab: Public Breastfeeding in the Middle East - Green Prophet
Often it is translated as " fosterage " or " milk kinship ". One important consequence is that the wet nurse and her family are forbidden to marry the baby and members of the baby's family e. Conversely, the milk-relationship allows usually forbidden familiarities between the two groups, e. A primary feature of such works is the delineation of which relationships are subject to prohibition once the milk relationship is established. The following are the sorts of questions directed to the founder of the Hanbali school of jurisprudence by his son:. I asked my father about a man who has two wives, each of whom has a daughter.
Islamic and Cultural Practices in Breastfeeding
Health experts recommend to exclusively breastfeed newborns for the first six months of their lives to ensure optimal health and development. But many Arab women defy this advise due to economic, social and cultural factors. Big health organizations strongly recommend to breastfeed exclusively during the first six months of a baby's life. Medical experts widely agree that breastfeeding ensures the new-born's optimal growth, development and health.
Breastfeeding is important to me for several reasons. One reason is my religion. As I read more about Islam and breastfeeding, I came across some controversial issues and realized that many cultural practices get mixed and confused with religious practices. As with any religion, some Muslims will adhere strictly to the religious teachings as defined by the Quran and Sunnah [sayings, practices and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad]. Other Muslims will take a more relaxed approach to the religion but may have heavy cultural influences.