Breastfeeding and Fasting – What does science tell us?
Every year, as Ramadan approaches and we prepare ourselves for a month of fasting from dawn to dusk, breastfeeding mothers face a difficult decision: To fast or not to fast?
A lot of questions are raised- Will fasting effect milk supply? Will it affect the quality of milk? What impact will it have on the health of mother and baby?
The answers to each of these questions is, as always, it depends. It depends on the mother’s diet, what she eats when she breaks her fast as well as many other factors. Here are 4 findings from research that will help mothers make a more informed decision about breastfeeding while fasting. This post is written by Nadeen Haidar, nutritionist at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and sports diet center in Lebanon.