So many medical experts recommend that you breastfeed at the start of your baby’s first day. Breastfeeding is a natural process that mothers give their babies. By breastfeeding inner closeness between mother and baby are increasingly tied in addition to breastfeeding has the advantage for you to reduce the risk of breast cancer. The content of breast milk exceeds the advantages of formula milk even at an expensive price.
The importance of breastfeeding is so important that many mothers do not miss important moments in the development of their babies by providing the best quality of breast milk. Entering the month of Ramadan when Muslims observe fasting, those of you who are breastfeeding can choose the right time to fast without losing the privilege of milk for your baby.
The following times you can choose when you decide to fast are the risks to your baby if you choose to fast at an inappropriate time.
1. Age 0-5 months
At the age of babies under six months are still susceptible to health factors, at the age of one month the baby is able to suck breast milk well, besides that active movements have begun to be shown by moving the arms, legs and fingers. Emotional expressions in the form of hunger, pain, thirst, powdery and small bowel movements are expressed by crying so you must be sensitive to your baby. At this age dependence on breastfeeding is very high, many studies have found that complementary foods are not properly given at this age. At this age the suppression system is immature, where the breakdown of starch and carbohydrates is still not available. In addition, it has not produced sufficient enzymes, so the amylase enzyme is not good enough in helping digestion of food. In addition, the problem in preparation is the reason that complementary foods cannot be given at this age. For those of you who want to fast, you should consult a doctor first so that even though solids have not been given nutritional intake from milk, they can meet the nutritional needs of the baby while you are fasting.
2. Age> 6 months
Some babies are teething and the habit of inserting objects into their mouths. Besides that, the digestive organs are ready to receive nutritional intake other than breast milk, although they have to introduce soft textures first such as porridge, filter team, team gradually. Dependence on breast milk decreases, you can decide to fast without having to worry about your baby’s nutritional intake. Even so, that does not mean you can ignore nutritional intake when suhoor and breaking the fast. In order to provide quality breastfeeding during the fasting month for your baby who has reached the age of more than six months, you can work around this with the right food menu at dawn and breaking the fast. Always keep a diet three times a day by arranging a schedule for eating, sahur, breaking the fast and after tarawih.