Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Breastfeeding Mommies Preparation for Ramadhan

It Syaa'ban already and Ramadhan is just around the corner. So, Mama Lina pun cari lah jugak tips2 nak menghadapi Ramadhan for breastfeeding mommies. I will be sharing with you some of the issues that worries mommies about fasting and breastfeeding. This is my first time breastfeeding during fasting. Buckle up mommies! Let's prepare our self. MENTAL and PHYSICAL.

Issue 1 : Will fasting while I am breastfeeding harm my baby?

Your baby will not be harmed, because you will be able to keep up milk production while you are fasting. Cutting your intake of calories should make no difference to the amount of milk you produce. 

This is because your body adapts by changing the way it uses the available calories, and makes up for a lack of food or fluid by becoming better at releasing energy. 

Issue 2 : Will my baby be affected by changes in my breast milk?

Your baby is unlikely to be affected by the changes in your breast milk. He will be used to your milk changing a little already, depending on what you eat and how much he needs to feed. We know that even if a mother fasts for 24 hours, the fat content of her breast milk will not change

If you eat so little that you start to lose weight, the type of fat in your breast milk may change, but not the amount. Although the breast itself can make some milk fats, other types of fat will come from your own fat stores if there is not enough in your diet. 

View full article from babycenter.com

There you go mommies , no harm for breastfeeding mommies to fast during Ramadhan but a few things need to be taken care before and during fasting month. We are fasting just like a normal person but we need to add more effort to make sure the milk supply and body health at the top condition so the breastfeeding journey will run smoothly.

Let read some tips which I manage to collect from the net :) 

1. Prepare EBM Stock 

Although studies show milk production in terms of quantity will not be affected by fasting, prevention is better than cure right ? Since its still early Syaa'ban, I believe the we still have time to stockpile the EBM for our babies. Start now okeh!

2. Think positive 
Positive mind will get positive result. Rest assured that we are capable to got through these period of fasting . Do not worry so much on milk production issue. Pray hard that Allah will help us for this journey. 

3. Take care of or nutrition

A nutritious diet is important for lactating mommies. How to achieve that as below.

Eat more fiber (Fiber) 
- take foods high in fiber such as dates, oats and fruit / vegetables because it can reduce the acid in the stomach which can cause gastritis and heartburn.

Drink enough water 
- 2 to 3 liters of good water is still needed. Therefore, between the time of breaking and dawn, try to drink as much water as possible . It is important to avoid dehydration during fasting. Avoid caffeine and carbonated drinks!

Enough protein and carbohydrates 
- Protein sources such as meat, soy, dairy; and carbohydrates such as bread and rice should be sufficient for breast-feeding and fasting mommies.Those food will be converted as daily energy for body needs. Be sure to take minerals, vitamins and sugar -to meet the requirements of vitamins and minerals needed for proper functioning of the body system. Healthy sugar intake from fruit juice or glucose drinks during the break is a quick way to restore energy after fasting.

I would recommend to take NURICH Lacto-lite which can supply the probiotic and prepare our stomach for this fasting season. More info of the product is HERE.

How NURICH Lacto-Lite can help you?

     * Get rid of body toxins
     * Promotes metabolism
     * Promote the growth of good bacteria
     * Helps to prevent indigestion
     * Helps relieve constipation
It is not an easy road taken but I am determined to make this journey a successful breastfeeding journey. This is my first time breastfeeding during fasting month but I hope my readers and I can make it. Lets inspire each other for our love one. Mama L.O.V.E you so much baby Afnan and Abg Ariff :) This is a pledge Mama made to myself.

Mama Lina
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