Duration of Breastfeeding

Q: Until how long is it permissible to breastfeed a baby on mother's milk?

A. The Shari’ah has stipulated two years as the cut off period for breastfeeding. It must be borne in mind that any time frame mentioned in Shari’ah must be calculated according to the lunar calendar, such as; a woman’s Iddat, a child’s age for Buloogh, etc. Here too, we will take the lunar year into consideration.

Mufti Siraj Desai