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Law Requires Women to Breastfeed … Grown Men

By Madeline Holler |

Who doesn’t love an authority figure fully in support of breastfeeding? It’s good for a nursing mom to have the people at the top on her side. Of course, there are exceptions.

In Saudi Arabia, strict Islamic laws forbid mingling between the sexes if they are not related. This has made it difficult for women who regularly come into contact with men they are not related to. The fix? According to 2DayMag on Open Salon, clerics have issued a fatwa that requires men to drink the breast milk of these women, thus establishing them as relatives and not lovers.

And that’s not even the controversial part.

The big debate is how to get the milk to the men: direct from the breast or bottle to-go. For some, it was good enough for her to express milk into a glass and serve it up. But a high-profile sheik, Abi Ishaq Al Huwaini, thinks the unrelated male — you know, who should establish that he’s not intimate with the woman — should take his milk straight from the breast.


Under Islamic law, women are told to nurse their children until they are two. There’s lots of cross-nursing with sisters and aunts, etc., which establishes the kids as “breast milk siblings,” and allows the mothers to nurse their other children without covering up in front of the older ones.

Familial relationships established through nursing is what gave an Egyptian scholar an idea for the man-nursing loophole — a fatwa that was rejected but later adopted.

Soon after Saudia Arabia got on board, a Saudi woman threatened to sue a bus driver, who wanted to suckle her breast as now women’s breasts are apparently in the public domain.

And you thought your 3-year-old nursling was demanding!

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Madeline Holler is a writer, journalist, and blogger. She has written for Babble since the site launched in 2006. Her writing has appeared in various other publications both online and in print, including Salon and True/Slant (now Forbes). A native of the Midwest, Madeline lives, writes, and parents in Southern California, where she's raising two daughters and a son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Madeline's latest posts →

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16 thoughts on “Law Requires Women to Breastfeed … Grown Men

  1. Crys H. says:

    That’s…repugnant. OMG!

  2. Citizen Mom says:

    So no matter what faith, culture, or nationality men seek any means to see and touch women’s bodies with impunity. I could totally see some “religious” man sitting in his room wondering, ‘Hmmm. I really need to touch more breasts, but our religion forbids it. What to do. What to do. Ahhh, yes. I’ve got it.’
    Wait! Could a woman make breast milk cheese?
    When that driver asked to nurse from that woman, I hope one of the four males required to escort her in public clobbered him.

  3. NoVa Mommy says:

    I heard once that human breastmilk gives adults the runs. I really hope that’s true.

  4. SW says:

    That’s messed up.

  5. ?!? says:

    The sun is cooking brains in Saudi Arabia. Hope the milk doesn’t spoil.

  6. Lisa says:

    I will never understand why the liberal West protects a religion that treats women as property.

  7. jenny tries too hard says:

    Amen, Lisa

  8. Shahid Bangalore says:

    This is the reason why the Messiah of Islam had to come. Come try to understand Ahmadiyyat the real Islam. Ahmadis live, teach and Preach the Peaceful, Logical and True teachings of Islam. This is why we are being persecuted by other Muslim sects around the world. Ahmadis live by the code “Love for All, Hatred for None”. Google Ahmadiyya OR visit official site

  9. Shahid Bangalore says:

    Oh peace-loving logic-loving people of the world. These views shared by such horrible creatures who call themselves Islamic Scholars are no where related to Islam’s beautiful teachings. These jobless Mullahs are bent upon ruining the name of the glorious religion Islam. I request you to read about Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, which was initiated by God himself to Revive Islam, it is the purest form of Islam.

  10. Meghan says:

    @ Lisa, and what would you say to the US congressman who stated that women should not have access to birth control, because then we won’t know if she’s having sex? Who treats women like property again?

  11. fSyed says:

    “Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam” is based of 100% lie, is same as Christian says Jesus is son of God which is totally baseless. Read Quran to know the better to understand Islam NOT a ‘Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam’ or to say Jesus is son of GOD.

  12. [...] group looking to overturn a ban on women driving has taken this mind-boggling fatwa and used it against Islamic leaders who refuse to grant the women even a bit of [...]

  13. William says:

    Lust and greediness… can push immoral men to do anything, especially in the muslim and jewish world.
    I lived in a muslim country and I saw this happening. muslim men beat their wives to death, if they don’t obey and please them. islam is not even religion; islam is a belief system made by a very sexual man, a pedophile who is illiterate. First, they said that muhammad got married of ”only” 4 women, then they said that he got married of do dozens of women and ”girls” to ”help” them. Well, he was really really helping (fucking) them… Of course, muslim men would support islam, so they can rule, fuck, and do anything they want.
    islam is a bullshit.

  14. William says:

    If a woman gets sad and angry…when her husband cheats on her, how would she feel if her husband gets married of a second, third and fourth wife?
    I am a man, and i think that women have had enough mistreatment and exploitation. 1 man = 1 woman. Let women be happy, for the woman is a partner and equal to man. Women are the best creatures on Earth. If the woman is miserable, the man is miserable too. Women give their fruits to society, society must give its fruits to women. Women give birth to life itself. Women! Go fight for your freedom, honour, and dignity, for your rights and equlity, for your happiness and life, and be proud because you are a WOMAN !
    Revolute in the muslim and jewish world.

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