Benefits and Risks of Intermittent Fasting

FAQ About Benefits and Risks of Intermittent Fasting

Can intermittent fasting affect breastfeeding?

Intermittent fasting can affect breastfeeding, and it is generally not recommended for lactating women. During breastfeeding, the body requires additional nutrients to support milk production and the baby's growth and development. Fasting can potentially lead to a decrease in milk supply or changes in the composition of breast milk, which can negatively affect the health and development of the baby.

Moreover, fasting can also lead to dehydration and low blood sugar levels, which can cause fatigue and decreased milk production. It's important for lactating women to prioritize adequate nutrition and hydration, including regular meals and snacks, to support both maternal health and the quality and quantity of breast milk.

If you are a lactating woman and are considering intermittent fasting, it's important to speak with a healthcare professional or a lactation consultant to assess the potential risks and benefits and to develop a safe and healthy plan that meets the needs of both the mother and the baby.