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For Catholics practicing a day of fast and abstinence

Of course pregnant women, and the sick are not supposed to fast. What about breast feeding mothers?


Asked by Anonymous at 12:18 PM on Apr. 10, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • "Those who are excused from fast or abstinence Besides those outside the age limits, those of unsound mind, the sick, the frail, pregnant or nursing women according to need for meat or nourishment, manual laborers according to need, guests at a meal who cannot excuse themselves without giving great offense or causing enmity and other situations of moral or physical impossibility to observe the penitential discipline."

    Hope this helps!

    Answer by jennijune_21 at 3:01 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • I d/k. I would think if breast feeding mothers were to fast just for a day.
    It would be fine as long as they only did it for a day and drank plenty of water.

    Answer by mo2a27 at 12:48 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • IMO since breastfeeding mothers actually need MORE calorie intake than a pregnant woman, that they would also be excluded from the expectation of fasting. Also, even if you still produce milk while fasting and or only drinking, the milk will NOT contain the necessary calories to nourish the baby.

    I say do NOT fast and I believe this would be acceptable.

    Answer by ozarkgirl3 at 1:05 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • ozarkgirl3 is 100% right.

    Please don't fast if you are breast feeding. :)

    Answer by hannahwill at 1:07 PM on Apr. 10, 2009