Chinese women love to drink herbal wine and pork trotters because they believe that these food are nutritious. Muslim babies are allowed to drink their milk even though we know that these mums eat a lot of pork and wine and non halal food that is against muslim teaching. Okay for premature Muslim babies to draw from milk bank, says Muis SINGAPORE — Premature Muslim babies are allowed to draw from the milk bank if their mothers are unable to lactate, said a legal ruling, or fatwa, released by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis). The establishment of a milk bank for premature babies who need sufficient nutrients is in line with the objectives of the Shariah — Islamic law that regulates aspects of Muslim life — which emphasise the need for preservation of human life, said Muis’ Fatwa Committee. This is regardless of the religious status of the milk donor, and Muis said religious texts are silent on the issue of the religious status of a wet nurse. The committee decided that feeding premature Muslim babies donor milk from the milk bank does not establish mahramiyah (kinship or relations that bar marriage). This is because it is not possible to determine that a child would get five full feedings from only one donor. The child is fed not through direct latching but through nose tubes or milk bottles, and there is uncertainty on the amount of milk required for a premature baby to be fully fed, given that the amount of milk is small, it added. The committee affirmed the principle that mahramiyah between an infant and wet nurse exists if milk feeding is done at least five times, with each feed being filling for the baby, if the milk suckled reaches the baby’s stomach and if the baby is not older than two. Although the hospital will keep records of milk donors, each baby will be consuming milk from different donors throughout his time in the neonatal intensive care unit, without knowing the total amount of milk consumed from each donor, noted the fatwa committee. The committee had received a query from KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital last October. The hospital wanted to understand the perspective of Muslim law on the issue and whether Muslim babies could benefit from the milk bank, said Fatwa Committee chairman Dr Mohamed Fatris Bakaram, who is the Mufti of Singapore. There are about 6,500 Malay babies born each year and about 600 of them — nearly one in 10 — are born premature. Most of the premature babies require treatment at the neonatal intensive care unit.