Book Name:Doodh Pita Madani Munna
The breastfed babies have fewer possibilities of allergy and diarrhoea and if they get diarrhoea, it does not prove risky enough, whereas the risk of allergy and diarrhoea amongst non-breastfed babies are 7 and 15 times respectively more as compared to breastfed babies.
Breastfed babies remain protected from the disease of decaying teeth, teeth turning black, chest infection, asthma, stomach problems; moreover, breastfeeding generally protects from many other diseases such as the disease of throat, nose and ear.
If mother is unable to feed her infant due to any reason, then ask any pious woman to feed the infant instead of formula feeding. It will also benefit abundantly اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه عَزَّوَجَلَّ.
Duration of breast-feeding a child
A child should be breastfed (with woman’s milk) up to the (age of) two years (according to the Hijri calendar), more than that is not permitted, whether it is a baby boy or a baby girl. As it is a common misconception amongst general public that baby-girl can be breastfed up to 2 years and baby boy up to 2 and a half years. This is incorrect.
The above-mentioned ruling is for breastfeeding, but for a Nikah (marriage) to be declared as Haraam (forbidden), the duration is two and a half years (according to Hijri calendar).