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Breast feeding milk without permission: My brother wife has given her milk to my 20 days son without my and my brother permission

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My brother wife has given her milk to my 20 days son without my and my brother permission, I want to know Husband permission is required or not? and give me reference for breast feeding from other than mother.

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Breast feeding milk without permission

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It can only be considered proper etiquette that one seeks the permission of the biological parents/guardians of an infant before one feeds them anything!!  If your brother's wife has breastfed your infant son without your or her husband's permission, it would be best to politely confirm or ask her the reason or intention for doing so.  If you are convinced her intentions were good, you are well within your rights to excuse her; and if you fear that her intentions were otherwise, you are well within your rights to firmly let her know that what she did of her own will is unacceptable and should not be repeated again.

Whatever might be the intention, your son having suckled from your brother's wife would be deemed to have formed a sacred 'mehram' relationship with that woman in the Sight of Shariah Law, and all the restrictions which apply to a 'mehram' relative will be applicable between them.

Al-Muwatta Hadith 30.4

Yahya related from Malik from Thawr ibn Zayd ad-Dili that Abdullah ibn Abbas said, "The milk which a child under two years old sucks, even if it is only one suck, makes the foster relatives haram (sacred)."

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