Confirmation of breastfeeding

source :Osoul Global Center


The testimony of 1 woman known to have integrity is sufficient to prove breastfeeding, because it is done in private. Such testimony is important because Islam prohibits marriage between milk brothers and sisters.

Confirmation of breastfeeding

The testimony of one woman who is well known to be a woman of integrity is sufficient to prove breastfeeding and make it effective, whether she confirms that she or another woman was the one who breastfed the child and provided that she makes clear that the breastfeeding took place when the child was less than two years of age.

:Uqbah ibn al-Harith said

‘I married a woman, but another woman came to us and said that she breastfed both of us. I went to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and told him. He said: “How could you (continue with this marriage) when this has been said? Leave her’

Related by al-Bukhari, hadith No. 2,660

This is a testimony about things that are normally done in private. Therefore, the testimony of one woman is sufficient, as it is the case with witnesses of childbirth [1]


  1. Ibn Qudamah, Al-Mughni, vol. 7, p. 558.


keep in touch