As the holy month of Ramadan started many new mothers have multiple questions and confusions regarding Breastfeeding during Ramadan. In this post, after doing much research, I will let you know everything that you need to know. The holy month of Ramadan started on Wednesday, 16 May and comes to end on Thursday, 14 June 2018.
During this holy month, Muslims fast from sunrise till sunset, however breastfeeding mothers need not fast. When you transition from a woman to a mother, many of our priorities change. Most religions are very flexible when it comes to the topic of breastfeeding mothers during a fast. According to Islamic law, a breastfeeding mother does not need to fast but missed fasts must be compensated for at a later date. A Muslim woman can consult a scholar for more information about this.
Breastfeeding during Ramadan
Does Fast effect your milk supply?
Much research has been done to find out if fasting affects the milk supply during Breastfeeding during Ramadan. It was found that, that there was not much of a difference, but fasting does change the composition of milk. Micronutrients like potassium, magnesium, and zinc were found slightly lesser for mothers who fasted for more than 24 hours. Hence, it is suggested that women have Sehri. A woman’s body is really smart. During this time, the body uses fat from your body to supply the needs of the baby. Also, in most probability, even if you decide to fast, your baby’s weight will not get affected. You should be careful about any signs in your baby –
- Weight drop
- Less number of pee
- Sudden tiredness in the baby
- Keeps sleeping throughout the day
Can Breastfeeding during Ramadan harm you personally?
Breastfeeding during Ramadan may not harm your baby, but in case you do not plan and schedule ahead, you may experience weakness, Low BP, dehydration or fainting spells among many health issues. It is essential that you eat between dusk and dawn before the fasting period begins. This will ensure that your body will have an adequate level of hydration and nutrients needed to cruise throughout the day
Breastfeeding during Ramadan
Symptoms to look out for while Breastfeeding during Ramadan
If you are severely dehydrated – look out for symptoms like – dry mouth and lips, brown-colored urine, headache, and dizziness. In case if something like this happens, please go ahead and break your fast and replenish yourself with adequate liquids. You may continue your fasts later, as mentioned above.
Breastfeeding during Ramadan for babies age wise –
0-6 months of age –
During this time, since your baby is exclusively fed by you, you may feel hungrier and thirstier. The baby’s requirement of breast milk is HIGH. Although as mentioned above, your supply most probably will not get affected. You must remember that for Breastfeeding during Ramadan, your intake of fluid must be on point. Drink at least 2-3 liters of liquids in your non-fasting period, to make up for the lost water content, if any.
6-12 months of age –
At this age, your baby begins to transition to solids. As the baby grows, you can keep adding one meal per month. For eg., at 6 months your baby ONLY needs one meal a day, whereas, at 7 months, he needs 2 meals a day. Breastfeeding still would remain a preference till your baby turns 1-year-old. Hence, first, you should feed your baby and then offer something to eat 40 minutes after your feed. You must remember, solids during this phase, is only an introduction to colors, textures, and tastes. Breastfeeding still is the priority.
Children above 12 months of age –
By this time, your child must have been transitioned fully to solid meals. A child at 13 months, is most probably eating family meals and is taking 3 meals + 2 snacks in a day and breast milk now is to be provided only on demand. Breastfeeding during Ramadan should be easy now, as the baby does not need breast milk as often as before.
Planning ahead in case of a fast –
- You may start expressing milk if you plan to Breastfeed during Ramadan. Express during the night and stock up on the same
- Ensure that you have calorie and nutrient dense foods during your non-fasting periods. this will ensure that you have the energy to run through the day. You should include loads of fruits and vegetables, salads, healthy oils, nuts and seeds, healthy carbohydrates and protein. Oatmeal, eggs are also good.
- You can break your fast with a banana or dates, as these are simple sugar foods and are most likely to get absorbed by your body quickly. This will ensure that your blood sugar levels are not affected instantly.
- Increase your water intake and sip on warm water
- Avoid any strenuous activities, so that you are not low on energy.
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