Can You Fast While Breastfeeding?
Hello, I’m about to enter Ramadan soon, and at that time my child will be 6 months and 7 months old, already given complementary foods and drinking breast milk, can I fast while breastfeeding? What should be prepared so that the baby does not lack nutrition while fasting and I also have ulcers… Please help, thank you.
Fasting in the month of Ramadan is an obligation for those who do it, although there are some conditions that are allowed not to do the obligatory fast, such as mothers who are breastfeeding. Basically, from a medical point of view, there is no need to worry about fasting while breastfeeding, especially if the baby is over 6 months old, but there are several things that need to be considered, such as:
Intake at dawn, where it is necessary to get good and sufficient food and drink at dawn in addition to nutrition as well as a calorie reserve during fasting. Pay attention to fluid intake and also try to avoid activities that can cause dehydration, stay in a cool room, avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and if signs of dehydration occur, immediately cancel the fast and rehydrate the body. Pay attention to food intake because fasting can indirectly affect the nutritional content of breast milk, so it is important to choose foods that contain vitamins and minerals or can be helped by taking supplements Know the limits self-ability and not forcing to continue fasting if the activities carried out are quite heavy and conditions arise that make the body less fit so that it can stay healthy so that the baby can always be healthy.
May be useful,
dr. Adi P.