Nursing or pregnant mothers, fall into the category of the vulnerable, for whom fasting is not considered mandatory. Yet it is quite common for Muslim nursing mothers to continue nursing while fasting for a full day!
Here are a few tips for all the mothers who wish to try breastfeeding and fasting for the first time:
Seek Medical Advice
Consult a doctor before you start on your month of fasting and breastfeeding. Also, do ask questions related to what to eat to maintain enough nutrients for the milk supply.
Watch what you eat
Nursing mums who are fasting must be careful about what they are eating. They should make sure that nutrient levels don’t decrease in their breastmilk by choosing healthier food options.
Consume as much water as you can
For lactating mothers, water intake is extremely important, even if they personally don’t feel thirsty. They are required to drink at least 7 glasses of water in the non-fasting hours so that the milk supply doesn’t get compromised. They are also advised to stop fasting and drink water immediately if they experience any sort of disorientation or dizziness.
There are plenty of Muslim mothers who choose not to fast during the month of Ramadan and it is totally fine as the health of baby and mother is at the stake. According to many Muslim scholars, Islam discourages a person to fast if she ends up making herself ill. Do what you think is best for you and your little one.
We wish you and your loved ones Happy Ramadan!