Having a baby to tend to while fasting isn’t easy and many doctors even ask new mamas not to fast to be able to breastfeed. However, if your doctor has given you the green light to breastfeed during Ramadan while fasting, there are a few tips and precautions you need to consider.
In the video below, Certified Newborn Care Specialist and Lactation Counselor, Naila Bahgat, gives excellent advice and tips for breastfeeding during Ramadan:
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Tips for breastfeeding during Ramadan:
- Eat a healthy balanced diet when breaking your fast that includes proteins, carbs, and fats.
- Drink a sufficient amount of liquid, but do not drink it all at once. Instead, try to divide the amount of liquid you drink in the period between Iftar and sohoor.
- Avoid eating sugar and try to replace it with fruits or dried fruits instead.
- Reduce your salt intake.
- Avoid drinking caffeine, sodas, or any sugar-added beverages.
- Make sure you eat a sohoor meal that is rich in calcium and protein.
- Don’t forget to take your vitamins and drink liquids during sohoor.
However, If you feel any of the following symptoms, then it is recommended that you do not fast while breastfeeding:
- Dark, yellowish urine
- Headache while fasting
- Fatigue and weakness
- That your baby isn’t following the normal growth rate
- Dry lips or feeling extremely thirsty
- Feeling dizzy while fasting
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