Islam and infant feeding.

Ulfat Shaikh, Omar Ahmed

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Few physicians in the United States receive formal education related to principles of infant care in Islamic families. Breastfeeding has a religious basis in Islam and it is recommended that the mother suckle her offspring for 2 years if possible. Weaning from the breast before that period is allowed if mutually decided on by both parents. The infant's father has an obligation to support his wife through any circumstances that may affect breastfeeding and, in case of divorce, provide shelter and financial support to the mother-infant dyad for as long as breastfeeding continues. By showing understanding and respect of Islamic beliefs related to infant feeding, clinicians can help support healthy early feeding of Muslim infants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-167
Number of pages4
JournalBreastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2006

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