Wednesday, August 1, 2012

four tips to make breastfeeding possible during Ramadan

"Muslim women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may be exempt from fasting if they feel that their health or the baby's health would be negatively affected by the fasting. The mother may be expected to compensate for the missed fasting at a later time or pay some expiation for not fasting. Since health issues are unique for each woman's circumstances, do consult both your doctor and your religious advisor if you feel that you might have health issues that preclude fasting." source
As a Muslim mother to a three months old baby, I plan to continue breastfeed my baby during Ramadan. Since breastfeeding burns a lot of calories and make you hungry every two hours, there are a few tips you can do that can really help during fasting period.
# 1. Believe you can do it. If you are breastfeeding exclusively before Ramadan without any problem, there are no reason for you not to produce enough milk while fasting. Half of the battle is believing that you can do it.
# 2. Take nutritional food or supplement during iftar and suhur. Here are basically my menu during this month.
  • Suhur: one glass of Herbalife shake Formula 1 and Formula 3, three glasses of Herbalife Tea Mix Lemon and Hibiscus and three Maryami dates
  • Iftar: 3 Maryami dates, 1/4 of rice and colorful dishes, three glasses of Herbalife Tea Mix Lemon and Hibiscus
  • For hydration: I drink 2.5 liter of Herbalife Tea Mix Lemon and Hibiscus taken throughout the night till dawn
    {this is very essential to breastfeed mom because you don’t want to be dehydrate during the day}
# 3. Rest when you can. Anybody who breastfeed knows how tired breastfeeding can be. So don’t push yourself to do other things that will require a lot of energy. Your focus should be nursing your baby.
#4. Keep yourself and your baby healthy. This goes without saying. Breastfeeding when you are sick is no fun and it takes a lot on you and your baby. So staying healthy is also the key to successful breastfeeding and fasting.
Of course every situation is different. Consult your doctor if you feel something is not right.
Just to give you an overview of my current situation:
Mother’s age: 41
Baby’s age: 3 months (forth baby)
Birth type: Caesarean at 38 weeks
Breastfeeding exclusively since birth
Location: Malaysia – sunny and hot all year round
Fasting duration: 5:40 am until 7:30pm (approx 14 hours of fasting)
Both mother and son are healthy
Notes: If you breastfeeding and eat healthy you will loose weight at the end of Ramadan—just saying

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