Can I breastfeed after two years, or is it sinful

Can I breastfeed after two years, or is it sinful?




My daughter is now two years old and I am trying to wean her from breast feeding. I am having some problems with not breastfeeding from her. When I deny her, she cries and screams. Is there any specific way to stop and is it haram to breastfeed after the age of two (like 25 months)?




In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate. May His abundant blessing and most perfect of peace be on His Beloved Prophet, the best of creation, and his family, companions and followers.


Walaikum assalam,


According to the majority of the scholars of the Hanafi school, it is permitted to continue breastfeeding until two and a half years (i.e. 30 months), though the recommendation to breastfeed ends at two years. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar 2.403, Bulaq ed, quoting al-Muhit via Quhustani’s Jami` al-Rumuz]


It would be best to wean her gradually, to ensure that you will be able to comfortably stop by 30 months. Consult with other mothers and relevant literature on how to do so most effectively.


And Allah alone gives success.




Faraz Rabbani


قال خاتمة المحققين سيدي محمد أمين ابنُ عابدين (رحمه الله تعالى) في رد المحتار: [2/403 ط بولاق]

في القهستاني عن المحيط : لو استغنى في حولين حل الإرضاع بعدهما إلى نصف ولا تأثم عند العامة خلافا لخلف بن أيوب ا هـ ونقل أيضا قبله عن إجارة القاعدي أنه واجب إلى الاستغناء , ومستحب إلى حولين , وجائز إلى حولين ونصف ا هـ .



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