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07-22-2012 03:45 AM

Thank you, Um Sami!  I don't know what happened about the research study I heard of...perhaps it never went ahead, or was not published.

I know that some mums, particularly of older babies, fast every other day, or 1 or 2 days out of 3, but every mum and baby are different.  This year in the northern hemisphere as you say, days are hotter and longer increasing the potential for bf to be affected.  Have you seen this article?  "What's Ramadan without the fast?"


Ramadan Kareem to you and yours!

07-10-2012 10:32 AM

I known of this one...from Turkey.


"Ramadan fasting had no significant effect on the macronutrient composition of the breast milk and consequently the growth of the infants. There were significant differences in some of the micronutrients such as zinc, magnesium and potassium. The nutritional status of lactating women was affected by Ramadan fasting. All of the nutrient intakes (except vitamins A, E and C) decreased during Ramadan. For these reasons, it would seem prudent to excuse lactating women from fasting during Ramadan."



There's also this:




Honestly, as Ramadan is occurring during summer this year, I think you have to be even more mindful of dehydration (both for pregnant Mamas and breastfeeding Mamas.)  The pressure in some countries to fast even when there is an exemption can be a lot to handle.  I know one Mom who fasted from food, but not water, when breastfeeding because she said she felt like she was still "part of the fast", but it wasn't as risky as no water.  She knew that Allah(swt) might not accept it too.  I think she paid for a hungry person to eat as well.  


For me, I usually have not fasted when pregnant or breastfeeding because I've had issues with dehydration before (both pregnant and not), although this year...I'm kind of at the end of I'm not sure what I'll do. I might do what my friend did and keep drinking the first few days and see how that goes...and if O.K....experiment with no fluids either.  I really don't know.  :)

06-25-2012 06:27 AM
cynthia mosher

I'm not aware of one but would be interested in it too.

06-10-2012 11:06 PM

2 years ago, I heard that there was to be a research study (international in scope, I believe), looking at breastfeeding and Ramadan fasting .  I have not heard anything further about this, and I wondered if anyone knew whether the study had gone ahead and if the results were available?  I am aware of earlier research looking at different aspects of fasting and breastfeeding, but would be very interested in this study if it has been published.


Many thanks indeed!

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