Breastfeeding and Fasting – What does science tell us?

June 16, 2016

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.

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Breastfeeding in Lebanon: Let’s Stop the Violations!

March 02, 2016

Breastfeeding makes the world healthier, smarter and more equal! According to a new Lancet series, the death of over 800,000 children and 20,000 mothers can be prevented only by BREASTFEEDING, not to mention the US $300 billion of economic savings. 

 

So, What About Breastfeeding Rates? 

The breastfeeding rates in many countries around the world including Lebanon are declining decade after decade. Studies in Lebanon showed that only 14.9% of infants are being exclusively breastfed until the age of 6 months. Whereas the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding until the age of 6 months and starting solids after that while continuing breastfeeding until 2 years or above. This means only 1 out 7 women in Lebanon are exclusively breastfeeding until 6 months. Now that is a low rate! 

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