mothers – HTV https://htv.com.pk Wed, 03 Mar 2021 13:01:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What You Should Do If You Are Fasting While Breastfeeding Your Child https://htv.com.pk/womens-health/fasting-while-breastfeeding Sun, 12 May 2019 12:47:12 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=44500

Ramazan is the month of spiritual overhaul but most women who breastfeed are indecisive about fasting. Some fast and some don’t, such as Ayesha Parveen, who fasts but finds it quite challenging as she breastfeeds her one-year-old son Mohammad Tahir. “I feel dizzy especially after 12pm and then it’s quite hard to spend the rest […]

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Ramazan is the month of spiritual overhaul but most women who breastfeed are indecisive about fasting. Some fast and some don’t, such as Ayesha Parveen, who fasts but finds it quite challenging as she breastfeeds her one-year-old son Mohammad Tahir.

“I feel dizzy especially after 12pm and then it’s quite hard to spend the rest of the day. I have no energy to do anything and it’s impossible to lie down even for a couple of hours when you have three kids to take care of,” she says.

The 36-year-old says, this Ramazan she is fasting on alternate days, but she really wishes to know what sort of diet a woman can take that gives her energy as well as motivation to fast.

On the other hand, Saria Majid, who had a baby girl, Bareera Siddiqui, just two months ago, chooses to fast and she says it’s completely fine for her. “I intend to fast during the whole month as I did when my first child, Ali Siddiqui, was born three years ago,” she says. Majid adds Ramazan came when Ali was seven months old and she kept fast for all 30 days. But, she used to give Ali some table food. “I feel Bareera feels hungry as I cannot feed her more so I give her some water and she falls asleep. I am not sure whether I should feed her water or not.”

Islam and breastfeeding in Ramazan

Mufti Faisal Japanwala, who teaches Islamic Studies at Iqra University, says women are allowed to not fast for two years while they breastfeed. But, after two years they have to make up for their missing fasts. “If a woman thinks her child’s health is affecting negatively due to her fasts then she must stop fasting as the child’s health is more important than anything. Moreover, that is the matter of human health and life.”

Japanwala shares Islam also allows mothers to hire breastfeeders for their children, if they can afford, because children less than six-month-old should be breastfed exclusively.

Exclusive breastfeeding

According to Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey 2017-18, in Pakistan, 48% of children under the age of six months are exclusively breastfed. The median duration of exclusive breastfeeding is 1.6 months.

Exclusive Breastfeeding is defined as “only breastfeeding and no additional food, water or other fluids for the first six months of life,” as per the WHO definition.

Related: When Does Breastfeeding Stop Hurting?

Zohra Ashraf Kurji, who works as a lactation consultant and also teaches at the Aga Khan University, clarifies that feeding a two-month-old baby water is harmful as he/she can suffer from diarrhea if the water is contaminated. Children less than six months should not be given honey and water.

Clinical Dietitian Hira Farooq says breast milk contains all the nutrients a child needs in the first six months of life so the best thing is to feed the child only mother’s milk. Also, breastfeeding prevents infections, such as, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses.

Farooq explains a child till the age of six months completely relies on mother’s milk. Therefore, it is advised that women breastfeeding their child in its first six months should not fast and if they do, they are basically endangering the health and life of their child. However, Kurji also advises that if a child is irritable due to hunger then the mother must start a complementary feed.

Breastfeeding and fasting 

Kurji explains that when a mother fasts she becomes micro-nutrient (zinc, potassium, magnesium) deficient, therefore, she must take special care of her diet.

For examples, she should increase her water intake and must consume at least two liters of water during the non-fasting hours.

Moreover, Kurji says if a mother takes a balanced diet and breastfeeds it will not have any negative impact on her child’s health. However, the mother must recognize signs of dehydration, such as, headache, dizziness and dark urine.

And as for the child, Kurji adds, if he/she doesn’t get proper milk he/she will be cranky. Therefore, a mother should check the child’s behavior along with checking how many times the child passes urine and if the child is sleeping well, is cheerful and his/her weight is maintained. If these things check out positive, then there is no need to fret over the child’s health.

As far as a one-year-old child is concerned, she mentions that the child can be given table food and thus the mother should not breastfeed during the fasting hours.

Storing breast milk

If a mother doesn’t want to skip her fasts then she should pump her milk at night and store it in the fridge. “Breast milk should not be heated on a stove or microwave as doing so will attract germs and will become harmful for the child,” Kurji warns, and suggests that the mother’s pumped milk should be indirectly heated. It should be heated through pouring warm water in a big bowl and then putting the feeder in it to warm milk.

Related: Breastfeeding Tips For New Moms
A balanced diet

Talking about the diet Farooq says, women must increase their milk intake and should drink at least three glasses of milk. If they are unable to do so, then they must consume yogurt and lassi. They should eat small portions of food during non-fasting hours, and eat fruits – something Farooq suggests should be a must for all breastfeeding mothers. They should also avoid eating spicy and oily foods like pakoras and samosas at iftar time, and eat proper food instead.

Moreover, mothers must remain indoors and hydrated considering the heat and humidity this season.

Preparing for Ramazan

Breastfeeding is a child’s primary right and it should be a mothers’ priority. A mother can fast but she should not compromise on her child’s health.

Thus, before the month of Ramazan approaches, Kurji suggests that mothers should visit a lactation consultant and ask for guidelines for fasting.

 

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Woes of Mommyhood! Here’s Why Your Baby Cries At Night https://htv.com.pk/moms/10-possible-reasons-baby-cries-night Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:58:08 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=25354

Every mother experiences sleepless nights, because their baby is up crying.

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If you’re a sleep deprived mommy with a baby crying all night long, we totally understand the struggle. There are multiple reasons why babies cry at night. At such an early developmental stage, it is their primary means of expression and communication. They could be trying to convey a variety of emotions ranging from fear to hunger to pain. It would be smart to understand some of the most common reasons why your young one cries at night.

  1. Top of the list would have to be crying, because they’re hungry. In fact, that’s the first thing that should come to mind. We would even recommend that you learn to watch out for other signs that your baby is hungry, in order to pre-empt the cry session later on in the night. If you see your infant putting their hand in their mouth, smacking their lips, or rooting (a reflex in which they turn their head to face you when you touch their cheek) then that is a pretty fool-proof way of telling that the kid is hungry!
  2. If your baby cries after feeding, it’s quite possible that they have a colic. If they cry inconsolably for at least three hours, three days a week, for three weeks then it might be time to hit up pediatrician and discuss colic. Stomach pain could also be attributed to intestinal obstruction, lactose intolerance, milk allergy and reflux. All the more reason to see professional help.
  3. When babies take in milk, they tend to take in a few mouthfuls of air as well. This can cause discomfort and pain, and calls for a huge burp. Often if a baby is crying after being fed, all he or she needs is to be patted on the back until he or she belches out the air that’s bothering them.
  4. Often, it’s as simple as a dirty diaper that’s bothering your baby. It’s easy enough to check that one out.
  5. One would think that if a baby was tired, they would just nod off to sleep on their own. Not so. Often they make a big fuss and wail if they’re over tired, in which case you simply need to hold them, coo to them and let them relax until they dose off.
  6. As cute as this sounds, sometimes babies just want to be held and given attention by their parents. They want the attention of the people who brought them into this world. People often think that they’re spoiling their children if they give them too much attention in the first few months, but that just isn’t true.
  7. It’s possible that your baby is too cold which is why they try and grab your attention so that you do something about it. Perhaps it’s because you took off their blanket to change them, or because you were trying to bathe them with water that was just too chilly.
  8. Babies start teething from four to seven months. This could give rise to pain due to the sharp teeth pushing through the soft gums. If you suspect this is the case, insert your hand in the baby’s mouth and see if you can feel the tooth buds coming out.
  9. Perhaps your baby simply has a flu or isn’t feeling well. This type of crying often stands out from crying out of hunger or any other normal cause, so be sure to take the child to see a pediatrician.
  10. Doctors refer to a hair tourniquet as when a hair is wrapped around a finger, or even the baby boy’s penis, cutting off circulation. This can be painful and distressing.

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