It is known that Islam has given some leniency to breastfeeding mothers during Ramadhan. However, many mothers out there believe they can still give the best quality of milk even though they are fasting.
Here is some tips for breastfeeding mothers out there on how to survive this Ramadhan.
1. Eat your suhoor.
Make sure that you have a full meal instead of only water. Follow the sunnah by delaying the suhoor time.
2. Drink a lot of water.
Drink at least 3 litres of water in between the time of breaking fast until suhoor.
Consume a lot of kurma. Eating kurma during suhoor will provide the energy for the rest of the day.
4. Avoid caffeinated drinks.
Taking caffeinated drinks will decrease the liquid in your body.
5. Mind set
Think positive and always keep in mind that you can supply enough milk for your baby.
6. Don’t overtire yourself.
When breastfeeding, it is important to make sure that you have enough rest. Being too tired will affect your milk production.
7. Do not force yourself
As mention earlier, it is not compulsory for breastfeeding mothers to fast. Think of your baby’s as well as your health. If you feel unwell and becoming dehydrated, talk to your doctors.
Here are some signs that your baby is not getting enough milk supply:
- Fewer wet nappies
- Greenish poo
- Long cries
- Weight loss
8. Make a lot of dua.
As a Muslim, dua is our weapon. Have faith and keep positive that Allah will give us strength.
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