Can Breastfeeding Mother Fast?

The potential rulings in Islam regarding obligatory fasts for breastfeeding mother.
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A breastfeeding mother must fast unless she fears for herself or the baby.

In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent and the Most Forgiving. Peace be upon the last Messenger of Islam and his family.

Fasting in the month of Ramadan is an obligation on all physically and mentally capable Muslim adults. Fasting is one of the major pillars of Islam after prayers.

In the Holy Quran and Surah Al-Baqarah (2:183) Allah commands believers to fast because fasting makes an individual God-fearing.

However, Allah, the Most Gracious and Most Merciful, has given a concession on fasting for women who are breastfeeding their babies. Moreover, other individuals who are permitted to skip the fast are the ones who are ill, travelers, or pregnant women.

Can a Breastfeeding Mother Skip Fast?

If fasting threatens the health or well-being of the nursing mother or her child, and she truly fears harm, she is allowed to abstain from fasting.

However, in case the fasting doesn’t affect her or the baby it is obligatory for her to fast in Ramadan.

Islam has always taught people to prioritize life and health in Islam. This concession in fasting is the mercy of God and ensures the well-being of both mother and child.


Hadith about pregnantbreastfeeding mothers fasting

Sunan an-Nasa’I 2315 states that a nursing mother is allowed to skip fast and even half of the prayer is removed. Mothers may need nutrition and fluids, especially on hot summer days, to meet the needs of their children.

In such cases, a nursing mother is advised not to fast, and if this excuse is no longer valid, she should make up for her missed fasts according to Islamic law.

Bottom Line

Although fasting during Ramadan is an important religious matter and an obligation to ensure that the well-being of both mother and child is not prioritized, breastfeeding women can skip fasts.

Individuals must always consult Islamic scholars who ensure that informed decisions are consistent with both religious obligations and health requirements.

May Allah bless us with good health and the ability to fulfill our obligations to Him.

And He knows the best.

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