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Breast Feeding an Adopted Child

Question and Answer:

Q. Asalaam-alaikum,

I have a question regarding breast feeding a child for adoption. I’m aware that a child under the age of 2 should be breast-fed by the adoptive mother in order to establish familial ties between her, her family and the baby.

My questions are as follows:

1.         Does the child literally need to be breast fed, or is it sufficient that the breast milk of the adoptive mother be fed to the child through a bottle? Many times children do not latch on to breast if they are not used to it.

(There may be grammatical and spelling errors in the above question. Questions are published as received)

A. If the milk is extracted from the mother’s breast and fed to the child via the bottle, familial ties will be established. Feeding the child directly from the breast is not necessary to establish familial ties of breastfeeding. (al-Fatawa al-Hindiyyah, Vol: 1, Pg: 344, DIT)

وكما يحصل الرضاع بالمص من الثدي يحصل بالصب والسعوط والوجور كذا في فتاوى قاضي خان

And Allah Knows Best

Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed

Fatwa Department
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)

Council of Muslim Theologians

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