Tips for Pumping During Ramadan
- Make dua, breastfeeding, pumping and fasting can be challenging.
- Be consistent. This will help to maintain your milk supply.
- Make a routine for pumping at work or home. Set the time, place, chair, etc. Prepare your equipment the same way each day.
- Let your boss know that it is Ramadan. Provide them with a resource such as The Working Muslim in Ramadan Guide for Employers.
- Pump at night or in the early morning. Pumping between iftar and suhoor will ensure you get good output.
- If you pump during the day and notice a dip in your supply, set aside time to pump after you have regained your energy from eating and drinking.
- Nurse on demand when you are with your child.
- Avoid skipping nursing or pumping sessions, even if your supply looks like it’s lowering.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Take a supplement to increase your milk supply such as fenugreek.
- Use a double pump instead of a single. Double pumping yields more milk.
- Re-hydrate overnight. Make sure you are drinking enough fluids when you are not fasting.
- Avoid overeating. Eat a well-balanced diet with many fruits and vegetables.
- Keep a few things that remind you of your child in your bag such as photos, a shirt, toy or recording of them. This will help you relax and encourage let-down while you are pumping.
- Prepare and pack your supplies (storage bags, breast pads, clean bottles, cool packs etc.) at night or before suhoor.
- Invest in a bustier so you can be hands-free while pumping.