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 a natural experience for mother and baby, and in many ways Allah (swt) has made it easy for us. As the translation of Surah Al-Sharh verse 6 states, “Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.”
Here are some ways that Allah (swt) shows us mercy:
- Baby first food, the nutrient dense colostrum, is made in the breasts of the mother while she is pregnant. Therefore, the food is ready for whenever he is born.
- Milk comes automatically 3-5 days after birth, assuming the woman’s health is normal.
- Breastfeeding helps to prevent postpartum hemorrhage by shrinking the uterus to its pre-pregnancy size.
- Baby born with suckling and rooting reflexes that make it possible for him to breastfeed.
- Baby born with senses (sight, smell, touch) that allow him to find the breast.
- Breastmilk is sterile, meaning it is completely free of germs.
- Montgomery glands on the nipple secrete oils that lubricate, clean and protect the skin.
- Breastmilk is always warm.
- In general, a woman is born with everything she needs to breastfeed, no extra supplies are needed:)
- There are many medical, social and environmental benefits to breastfeeding
- Breastmilk adjusts to child’s nutrient needs
- Breastmilk is inherently regulated by a supply demand system