Breastfeeding and fasting

Breastfeeding & Fasting

SUMMARY: Fasting in Ramadan can be challenging for mothers, especially breastfeeding moms who may struggle to decide whether or not they will be fasting. For most moms, the biggest concern is being able to continue fasting without compromising your milk supply and quality for your baby. If you do choose to fast while breastfeeding, these guidelines will help you fast without compromising your milk supply, your health, and your baby’s health.  

Breastfeeding provides many health benefits for mother and baby! The increased metabolic demands of producing breastmilk generally helps women lose their pregnancy weight faster. Additionally, a meta-analysis of 7 studies found that breastfeeding may decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by nearly 40% compared to formula-feeding Additionally, breastfeeding results in a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, breast cancer and ovarian cancer.1

Increased Caloric Requirements While Breastfeeding

Recommendations from a Dietitian:

May Allah SWT fill this Ramadan with Barakah for you and guide you towards the right decision, ameen!


  1. Dieterich, C. M., Felice, J. P., O’Sullivan, E., & Rasmussen, K. M. (2013). Breastfeeding and health outcomes for the mother-infant dyad. Pediatric Clinics of North America, 60(1), 31.
  • Sharmila Ibrahim Habibullah
    Posted at 05:54h, 22 May Reply

    Excellent article, thank you so much. I realized I am doing everything wrong as I am trying to breastfeed my 7 months-old baby and fasting all at the same time.. Thank you again, may Allah reward you and help me implement your ideas.

    • Admin
      Posted at 00:23h, 26 May Reply

      Salam Sharila! Thank you for your comments and we’re glad to hear it was a beneficial read! It can feel overwhelming to try and make a lot of changes so feel free to take it one day at a time and focus on what you’re doing right instead of wrong. Ramadan Mubarak! 🙂

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