Is It Permissible To Breastfeed My Child During Intimacy With My Husband?

Question: Assalamu ‘alaykum. Is it permissible to continue having sex with your husband whilst breastfeeding the baby or should you stop to feed the baby?

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assaalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Although I have not seen an explicit prohibition of this, it would be better to avoid doing so. The way of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) is one of modesty – especially in such matters. Having a child present would not be in line with that way, especially seeing as children can be breastfed until the age of two lunar years.

Keep the act as one which your child is not present, intending the sunna of modesty. Use it as a means to thank Allah for the blessings of love and family. This will place many blessings in all your relationships, insha’Allah.

May Allah bless you with the best of both worlds.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.