Breastfeeding Babies: That You Must Be Careful of When You Want to Fast
Breastfeeding mothers can choose not to fast during this month of Ramadan. Just like pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers are included in the group who get relief from not fasting.
Even though you may not fast, you still have to replace it by paying fidyah. Fidyah is paid according to the number of days the mother does not fast during the month of Ramadan.
“Ladies and gentlemen, pregnant and lactating mothers get relief from not fasting during Ramadan, they can replace it by paying fidyah for a number of days when they do not fast,” said Secretary of the Midwifery Study Program at ‘Aisyiyah University (UNISA) Yogyakarta, Ustazah Nuli Nuryanti Zulala, S.ST. ., M.Keb., to HiBunda , recently.
Now, regarding fasting for those who are breastfeeding, Allah SWT says in Surah Al-Baqarah verse 184, which reads:
“And it is obligatory for those who find it difficult (if they do not fast) to pay fidyah, (ie) to feed a poor person.”
For mothers who decide to fast, there is no need to worry about milk production. Nutritionist Nadiyah S.Gz, M.Si, C.Ht, CSRS, said that most mothers only judge the adequacy of breast milk for their children from their own expectations.
In fact, the amount of milk production for each mother is different, you know. In fact, breast size can not determine how much milk can be produced.
“Successful or not breastfeeding depends on how much glandular tissue (milk-producing) is in the breast, as well as the nutritional intake of each mother,” Nadiyah said when contacted by HaiBunda , recently.
Meanwhile, according to research in the Journal of Endocrinology , fasting did not have a significant effect on milk production or macronutrient composition. This means that fasting has no effect on milk volume, milk glucose concentration (lactose), and total fat content of breast milk.
Mother, of course, can still fast with adequate nutritional intake, yes. But, mothers also need to pay attention to the condition of the baby before deciding to fast while breastfeeding .