Tips For Fasting For Nursing Mothers?
my baby is 5 months old. Since the first day I fasted, my baby became lazy to suckle. Wake up at 6 in the morning just suckle at 11 noon. Is that condition normal or is my influence fasting? Then how to overcome it? Is there a sign that the baby is adequate for a 5 month baby? Thank you,…
Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. Similar to pregnant women, nursing mothers often encounter a dilemma when entering the fasting month, between continuing to fast or not. What is worrying for breastfeeding mothers is that with fasting, milk production or nutrition will be reduced, thus impacting the baby.
For this, you do not need to worry. Breastfeeding mothers can keep fasting during Ramadan, because fasting does not affect the amount of milk produced. Limitation of the number of calories consumed every day will not make the quantity of milk decreased, and so does the quality. Indeed there are altered micronutrient contents such as magnesium, potassium and zinc. However, the content of macronutrients whose role is important in the growth of babies such as protein, carbohydrates and fat will not change so it does not interfere.
Therefore, with the fact that breastfeeding mothers can actually keep fasting without disrupting breastfeeding activities and without changing the nutritional content in their milk, your baby's actual breastfeeding behavior has nothing to do with your fasting. Moreover, changes in behavior are becoming less frequent suckling, whereas if the connection with fasting is the less food that enters and is feared to decrease breast milk production, babies should be breastfeeding more frequently, not easily satiated, rather than becoming less frequent.
Because of that, we think there are other things that trigger behavioral changes in your baby. But regardless of what triggers it, what matters is weight gain. If your weight gain is still normal by routine check-ups, even though you see your baby rarely breastfeeding, the fact is that it is enough because the weight gain needs are still being met. Conversely, if weight gain is still not enough, even though breastfeeding is frequent, it is still lacking, and you must find out the cause.
So the point is once again, fasting will not affect milk production and you can continue to fast while breastfeeding as usual. Although of course, in the religion have given relief for breastfeeding mothers to replace the fast if you ultimately want to cancel the fast, and that's fine. As for your baby, consult a doctor to find out whether his weight is still normal or not, and if not, further treatment will be done. So, hopefully answering your question.