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Fasting & low blood sugar

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Created January 07, 2012 at 1:01 AM

I'm hypoglycemia and currently breastfeeding my seven month old daughter. I've never fasted before. I'm quite religious and believe in God an all he's done for me, my family, my life. I feel he's telling me its time to put actions behind my faith. He sent me a word through someone close to me. Im concerned because i have low blood sugar and are a little concerned that fastinf for three days will cause me health issues and could also dry up my milk supply. Any suggestions?

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on January 08, 2012
at 11:28 AM

If you believe that god told you to fast, then what are you worried about?

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on January 07, 2012
at 11:37 PM

When someone's belief is harmful to an infant then you definitely judge.

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on January 07, 2012
at 03:09 PM

But, that's not for any of us to judge on her behalf. She's asking a question based on her beliefs and I believe that's the context we should be answering with when we choose to answer.

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on January 07, 2012
at 01:13 PM

I agree. breast feeding mothers should not fast period.

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on January 07, 2012
at 01:45 AM

Also, fasting, as I understand it, isn't so much for God, but more for our own benefit. The purpose in fasting is not about giving up food; it is about removing the obstacles that get in the way of fully focusing on Him. You could do this in other ways, such as find an hour when you can slip away and have quiet, and spend it alone reading some book in the Bible that you feel you need to read.

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on January 07, 2012
at 01:38 AM

Man this sure is a tricky topic, seems to be more of a theological one than anything nutritional. But as a Christian, I would say make sure that your interpretation of His will is correct. Pray for reassurance as to what His will really is. As for the physiological effects... Fasting while breastfeeding could definitely have some pretty negative effects, I'm not sure exactly, but I imagine a drop in milk supply *at least*. Good luck either way!

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on January 07, 2012
at 01:36 AM

Breastfeeding and pregnant women have always been excused from fasting in every major religion. Do a good deed for a neighbor instead.

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on January 07, 2012
at 01:17 AM

I think there are many other ways of putting actions behind your faith. Fasting will impact your milk supply and your daughter is still so little and needs it. It must have been a misunderstanding - I don't think a benevolent deity would ask for this kind of sacrifice. Could you do some volunteer work instead to express your gratitude?

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on January 07, 2012
at 01:09 AM

I don't think it makes sense to fast when you're breastfeeding. Your child doesn't need to fast at this stage. Please think of her.

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on January 07, 2012
at 02:34 AM

Don't do a complete fast. Your first duty is to the gift God gave you, your daughter. She needs you to keep feeding her. Consider doing a fast of one thing like chocolate or other treat that you eat regularly but isn't necessary to your health.

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on January 07, 2012
at 04:59 AM

Here's a resource on the very topic from a well-respected breastfeeding website:

http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/fasting.html

My concern would be that fasting that long would put you in a state of detoxification. I've read plenty of advice against detoxing while nursing because the toxins could be released into your milk, which your baby would then ingest.

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on January 07, 2012
at 03:28 AM

Katrina, this is something quite close to my heart so may I ask you something?

  • Have you and your friend spoken to your pastor about this?
  • Does the Bible teach that God gives us a word through other people?
  • What is the Biblical picture of fasting, and its purposes?
  • Have you spent time in prayer and Bible study about this?

I hope I have not been to forward with this, but I feel you need to take the person who gave you this word and speak to your pastor about all of this before you do anything. I think this is of the up most importance.

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on January 07, 2012
at 12:55 PM

Another case of irrationality driven by religion. i suggest you feed yourself and your child Katrina.

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on January 07, 2012
at 03:09 PM

But, that's not for any of us to judge on her behalf. She's asking a question based on her beliefs and I believe that's the context we should be answering with when we choose to answer.

C00e493393828df34be65ddc25456c7c

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on January 07, 2012
at 11:37 PM

When someone's belief is harmful to an infant then you definitely judge.

C00e493393828df34be65ddc25456c7c

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on January 07, 2012
at 01:13 PM

I agree. breast feeding mothers should not fast period.

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on January 07, 2012
at 03:31 AM

What type of fast are you planning to do? I would strongly encourage you to rethink and repray about a fast that involves no food or drink for three days. I'm not sure you could even make it if you experience regular hypoglycemia. And it would definitely affect your ability to feed and care for your baby. I can't imagine this is what God wants of you.

You may be able to participate in a fast, however, that involves eliminating certain foods and spending the three days in a prayerful attitude. You may also be able to participate in a fast that involves no eating during the day but you are allowed a meal at sundown and sunup (and water to drink during the day).

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