The most precious month of the year has commenced, the month that all Muslims are looking forward to “the Holy month of Ramadan”. As a breastfeeding mom , fasting might be challenging but not at all impossible. You can consider expert’s advice to breastfeed your baby during Ramadan.
A few studies have show that fasting did not significantly affect the levels of macronutrients, These are the nutrients needed for growth and energy such as proteins , fats and carbohydrates. However, fasting did affect the level of micronutrients such as magnesium, zinc and potassium which are only needed in small quantities.
If you choose to fast I will share with you some breastfeed tips to make it possible without compromising your health or milk supply.
- Stay hydrated , drink plenty of water during non- fasting hours
- Eat nutritious and balanced meals
- Do not miss Suhoor
- Have prenatal supplements
- Do not skip feeds
Tips for breastfeeding diet-
Nursing mothers should also maintain a regular eating schedule. You don’t need to eat any special or different foods while you’re breastfeeding. Just do your best to follow a balanced diet, which is a combination of healthy foods. A balanced diet includes: Protein, Calcium, Iron-rich food, Vitamin C, vegetables/fruits, Whole grains and carbohydrates, Omega 3s etc. You can get all your all other vitamins and minerals from eating a balanced diet.
If you need a little extra breastfeed help give us a call for a comprehensive Ramadan plan.
Please note that during Ramadan we will be donating 10% of all our proceeds from consultation to Charity.
Wishing you all a blessed Ramadan.