Entering the month of Ramadan when your meal time is limited to suhoor and breaking the fast, is it possible for you to provide the nutrition that your baby needs? The answer is maybe if your baby has entered six months of age where complementary feeding has been introduced. For those of you who are fasting under the age of 6 months, the presence of your baby is not recommended to fast because it will interfere with nutritional intake which is very dependent on breast milk.
Islam has provided a gray zone for pregnant and lactating mothers where the allowance is given during the fasting month of Ramadan if you have health problems and it will worsen the health of your baby. You can consider the best decisions for your baby’s health before deciding to fast. We will provide possible ways to do when you fast while breastfeeding.
1. Health Check
Before you decide to fast while breastfeeding, first consider the health of your baby and you. Babies under six months of age are very dependent on breastfeeding, so by consulting a doctor you can find out what to do during fasting even though you are breastfeeding. Every mother and baby have different conditions so that the first examination will minimize health problems.
2. Balanced nutritional intake
It is important for breastfeeding mothers to provide 700 calories per day apart from the food consumed by 500 calories and additional things that can be done are 200 calories from your fat reserves. So when you decide to fast, you can still maintain your diet 3 times a day.
3. Body fluids must be maintained
Drink 8 glasses of mineral water a day to avoid dehydration during the whole day of fasting. Apart from that, you can choose to consume date juice or other fruits that are beneficial for your body. Add milk consumption at dawn to reduce the risk of anemia.
4. Make a backup
Actually, the breast milk content will not decrease even though you are fasting, the production may be small, it will not have a big effect. Asi will be abundant after you eat sahur and iftar, so for those of you who want to provide backup breastfeeding by providing breastfeeding, it should be done at the right time, namely sahur and iftar.
5. Get enough rest
You often feel weak when fasting, so schedule a break. Avoid heavy work that can make you depressed and cause stress so that it will affect your milk production. Basically, you can do quality sleep at night even in a limited time. Don’t waste the time you get to rest during the day.