Dozing while breastfeeding the baby and killing it by mistake

Q: My wife had a little boy. While she was breastfeeding it, she fell asleep on it and the boy died. Please advise us: What is the Kaffarah (expiation) for this? She also has a two year old girl. One day my wife went out of the house for a necessity and the girl went out after her, fell in a water container and drowned. Does my wife have to make Kaffarah or not and what is required of her?

A: Your wife has to make Kaffarah for the death of the boy as she caused it. As for the girl's death, there is nothing on her since (Part No. 21; Page No. 419) she was not responsible for it. The Kaffarah is to manumit a believing bondsman, and if this is not available, to fast for two successive months.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.