Nurturing the Next Generation
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A Few Simple Truths about Breastfeeding

By Melissa Barreto

Writer Melissa Barreto’s own experience breastfeeding her five children and working with as a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor have been illuminating. She believes that far too often breastfeeding gets presented as an either love it or hate it relationship, a must-have or a mom-fail. Check out a few simple truths about breastfeeding that she has learned along the way in this article.


Parenting Tip

Breastfeeding has great benefit for both mother and child. And while is a totally natural process, success is not guaranteed. It is a skill that needs to be learned for both mom and baby. Support from family, friends, co-workers, and cultural traditions is also important.


Six Lessons Learned from Breastfeeding Six Children

By Wendy Díaz

Writer Wendy Díaz has spent some time reminiscing about the lessons she has learned while breastfeeding her six children. She notes that the feeding itself is not what makes it special, even likening it with pulling up to a pump and filling a car with gas. “What makes nursing special is the closeness, the warmth, and the repose it provides to both mother and infant. To have a baby there so close knowing only you can nourish him/her in this manner is one of the most satisfying feelings in the world.” Learn more about practical advice, the sacrifices, the benefits, the challenges, and the rewards of breastfeeding in this life and in the Hereafter.



“Breastfeeding provides unmatched health benefits for babies and mothers. It is the clinical gold standard for infant feeding and nutrition, with breast milk uniquely tailored to meet the health needs of a growing baby. We must do more to create supportive and safe environments for mothers who choose to breastfeed.”
Dr. Ruth Petersen, director of CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity


Breastfeeding Challenges: When Baby Has a Tongue-Tie

As any mother who has nursed before knows, having to sit down to feed your child every few hours entails checking the baby’s hunger cues, remembering when he/she last fed, finding a spot to cover and nurse the child, and then having to replenish your own food and hydration reserves! It is a full-time job to say the least. And this is when everything is going smoothly! The experience with this writer’s first child proved to be tough because of her son had a tongue-tie that made breastfeeding all the more difficult. Learn more about how to work with this common problem.


Quranic Guidance

Allah honors parents in the Quran, and specifically mentions the virtue of the breastfeeding mother. He says, 

“And We have enjoined on man to be dutiful and good to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness and hardship, and his weaning is in two years. Give thanks to Me and to your parents; unto Me is the final destination.” 

(Surah Luqman, 31:14)


Tandem Nursing: A Viable Option

By Laura El Alam

Becoming pregnant while breastfeeding can cause a conundrum: should you stop nursing your child? Will breastfeeding harm the fetus in any way? Can you continue to nurse your toddler after the baby is born? Tandem nursing, the act of nursing an infant and an older sibling simultaneously, is actually a common and completely safe practice. Writer Laura El Alam interviews two experienced breastfeeding experts and advocates to learn more about it.


Interesting Facts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that breastfeeding has benefits for both baby and mother. Numerous studies suggest that babies who are breastfed are at decreased risk for childhood diseases and conditions including:

  • otitis media
  • respiratory tract infections
  • atopic dermatitis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • sudden infant death syndrome
  • obesity 

Breastfeeding can also help lower a mother’s risk of:

  • high blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • ovarian cancer
  • breast cancer

To learn more, read the full article here.


When It's Time to Wean from the Breast

By Melissa Barreto

Every breastfeeding relationship eventually comes to an end and it’s a time of great change for mom and baby. With patience, gentle approaches, and understanding of your unique child’s habits, you can wean your child easily and lovingly, in a way and time that works for both of you. Learn more about baby-led weaning, mother-led weaning, and some combination of the two.


Online Resources
Breastfeeding: Recommended by the Quran and Sunnah - This article is a comprehensive collection of Islamic guidance related to breastfeeding.

The Work of Women: The Wet Nurses and Early Caretakers of the Prophet - Learn more about the women who breastfed or provided care for the Prophet Muhammad when he was young.

Getting the Right Support for Breastfeeding Moms - There are a number of international organizations that provide support and resources of all kinds for breastfeeding mothers.

Muslim Father’s Role in Breastfeeding - Learn why support from the father is also critical for a successful breastfeeding journey.

Find the Bright Side: Laughing through Lactation - The experiences of a first-time mother bring new experiences. Couple that with learning how to breastfeed, and you have to find the bright side and laugh along the way. 

Adams World Video: Adam Gets the Flu

While trying to stay focused on a school project, Adam catches the flu. Through Aneesah’s efforts to make him feel better, he learns about the value of kindness and good deeds. The Arabic letter "laam" is featured for "latif" and the English letter "G" for gentle. (7:59)


LIVE online sessions will focus on Foods Loved by the Prophet Muhammad!

🎉Creative hosts use stories, songs, Arabic vocab, art and cooking projects to focus on a different food each week!

💝Engaging lessons and a welcoming environment touches hearts and minds!

⏰ Mondays-Thursdays, 5-5:30pm EST

🗓️ 7 full weeks - 28 total classes!

 Unique programming is designed for ages 4-7 years

Family tuition fees, partial and full scholarships available.


LIVE online sessions will focus on Lessons from the Sahabah! 

🔎Creative hosts use stories, multimedia tools, art projects, and more!

🎉Online games, supplemental resources increase retention and FUN! A special research project also encourages learning outside the online classroom!

⏰ Saturdays, 12N-1:30pm EST

🗓️8 full weeks of classes!

Unique programming is designed for ages 8-12 years

Family tuition fees, partial and full scholarships available.



And if you cannot attend live classes, make good use of these engaging courses that are fun for the entire family!


The Sound Vision Foundation has been a trusted source of Islamic knowledge for more than 30 years. Our work with the world-renowned puppets Adam and Aneesah pioneered creative programming for Muslim children, encouraging them to learn about and love their religion. We continue to bring sound content and engaging programs that stimulate minds, touch hearts, and strive to fulfill our mission of raising better Muslims, better neighbors, and better citizens. This latest effort is designed to support and empower Muslim parents to do the same.

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