During fasting you do not provide intake for approximately 14 hours for those of you who are breastfeeding, calorie intake becomes more because breastfeeding means that your nutrition is divided for your health and also for the baby. When breastfeeding you need 2800-3000 kcal with balanced nutrition. When your condition is healthy and the baby is still being breastfed (more than 6 months) then you can fast. Pay attention to balanced nutrition during fasting, especially when it’s time to break and dawn.
Here are tips for those of you who are fasting while breastfeeding:
1. Three meals a day
Maybe you are amazed how can you keep three meals a day while fasting. During the meal, breaking the fast and after returning home the tarawih prayer can be a time for you to increase your nutritional intake. Even though you are fasting, you can maintain the quality of breast milk by paying attention to nutritional intake when breaking the fast. Pay attention to carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals and fat (in small amounts).
2. Drink a lot
Start your iftar by drinking one glass water/mineral. Mineral water can be directly received by your empty stomach throughout the day so it doesn’t cause side effects. You can consume homemade juices that you produce yourself to increase energy and vitamins.
3. Take dates
Dates are your right choice when breaking the fast. The content of natural sweeteners will immediately energize you, besides that the electrolyte content contained in dates can rebalance the water content in your body. The fiber it contains is needed by the body when breaking the fast.
4. Make Asi supplies
When you decide to fast, you have to consider your nutritional intake so that it meets your baby’s nutritional needs. Although breastfeeding will not decrease when you fast, the quality of breastfeeding may be different, the quality of breastfeeding is determined by your food intake. So you can make milk supplies from morning to evening for your baby. Night is the right time for you to pump breast milk. When breaking the fast, you can breastfeed directly.
5. Avoid foods with sharp tastes
Food with a spicy taste in addition to disturbing the health of your stomach, this affects your baby because it is indirectly consumed by the baby through milk. Avoid consuming fruits with alcohol content, such as durians and jackfruit, which can cause flatulence.