Fasting in the month of Ramadan for thirty days is an obligation for every Muslim to be able to improve his spirituality. For those of you who are providing exclusive breastfeeding (in infants 1-6 months), you must consider the decision to fast with your health and that of your baby. We will provide a way for mothers who are breastfeeding to be able to fulfill the nutrition of your baby along with the explanation:
1. Age and Health of Babies
In deciding to fast during the month of Ramadan, you should first consult with your doctor so that you know the best way to address your health condition and that of your baby during fasting. Under 6 months of age, babies are very dependent on breast milk which is the main nutritional intake. You can decide to fast when your baby is 6 months old or more because at this time the baby has received complementary foods (solids). Nutrients provided through complementary foods can meet your baby’s nutritional needs throughout the day you fast.
2. Watch Your Health
The worry is that fasting while you are breastfeeding is an anxious condition of your body that is weak and can worsen your health condition. Especially for those of you who have a medical history such as hormonal disorders, hypertension and diabetes, which affect the ability to produce breast milk. We recommend that you do a medical examination to make sure you can do Ramadan fast even though you are breastfeeding. With your good body condition, it will facilitate the breastfeeding process even though you are breastfeeding.
3. Add Your Calories
Under normal circumstances, breastfeeding mothers need higher than usual nutritional intake. This is because nutrition is not only for you but for your baby. In addition to the calorie needs that you must fulfill, the higher nutrition is needed, much more than when you were pregnant. You must have a balanced diet filled with rice, side dishes, various vegetables and fruits. Avoid spicy foods, lots of spices, foods that are too hot or cold so that your digestion is maintained during the fasting month. Don’t forget to drink 8 glasses per day.
4. Stimulating Breast Production
Even though you are fasting, your milk production will not decrease, except for those of you who previously had problems with the fluency of breastfeeding, so that you can maintain the fasting of breast milk production according to the baby’s request. The stimulation of breastmilk production is not due to the baby’s sucking but because of the availability of breastmilk, one of which you can take care of in managing stress.
5. Steal the rest
For those of you who have busy activities, take the time to rest so you avoid fatigue and stress. Use your rest time with quality. Even though during fasting you can sleep with the best quality to meet your health needs. This is related to your baby’s health during the fasting month.