Why Muslims Should Start a Mommy War

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One of the most debated topics in the acclaimed “Mommy Wars” is breastfeeding versus bottle-feeding.  Self-proclaimed “lactivists” proudly stand for breastfeeding while their formula-feeding opponents generally express indifference to the whole issue.  I think it is ludicrous to debate about … Continue reading

12 Reasons Why Breastfeeding is A Fading Art in the Middle East

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While doing some research online, I found this intriguing book review by Hannah Katsman from GreenProphet.com.  The book entitled “A Fading Art: Understanding Breastfeeding in the Middle East,” writen by Dr. Modia Batterjee, attributes the high infant mortality rate amongst … Continue reading

Allah’s Mercy for Breastfeeding Mothers

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Many women dread breastfeeding, discouraged by other women’s horror stories of painful sucking, plagues of mastitis and low milk supply. However, these women are an exception to the billions of women who have successfully enjoyed breastfeeding their children. Breastfeeding is … Continue reading

National Breastfeeding Month 2012

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August is National Breastfeeding Month and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin is promoting a social media campaign, “Everyone can help make breastfeeding easier”, to support the removal of barriers to breastfeeding.  You may recall her 2011 Call to Action to Support … Continue reading

12 Great Suhoor Foods for Breastfeeding Moms

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Dates The best form of suhoor is dates as understood from the following hadith of the Prophet (saws), “How excellent are dates as the believer’s suhoor.” [(Sahih) Abu Dawood (2/303)] Fresh Fruit Prepare a fruit salad and refrigerate the night … Continue reading

Formula vs. Human Milk Ingredient List

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One of the greatest mysteries about human milk is its ingredients, and each year scientists discover some of it’s components.  In 2007, students Cecily Heslett, Sherri Hedberg and Haley Rumble of the Breastfeeding Course for Health Care Providers at Douglas College … Continue reading

Exclusive Pumping: An Alternative to Breastfeeding

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One of most discussed topics in the Mommy Wars is breastfeeding versus formula feeding.  Often left out the conversation is exclusive pumping, an alternative that gives  the child the benefits of breastmilk while  also providing the  flexibility of bottlefeeding.  According … Continue reading

The Benefits of Black Seed for Breastfeeding

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The translation of Al-Bukhari, hadith 5364, narrated from Abu Hurayrah states that the Prophet (saws) said: “In the black seed is healing for every disease except death”. While black cumin is not recommended for use during pregnancy (because it can … Continue reading

The Best & Worst Places in the World for Breastfeeding Support

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Each year, the charity Save the Children reviews the education, health status, nutrition, economic well-being and political participation of women around the world. This years State of the Worlds Mothers report, focuses on the impact of nutrition in the first … Continue reading

Oh No! I Didn’t Make-up My Missed Fasts from Last Year!

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I recently stumbled upon an online debate among sisters about whether or not a breastfeeding mother had to make-up her missed fasts from Ramadan.  Despite the fact that Allah (swt) has been merciful by given the breastfeeding woman a dispensation … Continue reading

Ready for Work, Nursing Jilbab

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This chic, office-style jilbab is made by Amirah Fashions, a UK-based company committed to provided unique, affordable and wearable Islamic clothing.  Also offered in black, this dress features white pinstripes, flared hem and an invisible front zipper that makes it … Continue reading

Islam Protects and Promotes Breastfeeding

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Islam protects the breastfeeding relationship by providing rights and provisions that ensure the mother and child attain optimal benefits.  Here is a small list of examples that make breastfeeding easier and more achievable: Breastfeeding is the right of the mother.  … Continue reading