“Thank you for having this website. I am reading The Baby Book right now. I do have a question concerning spiritual fasting. I have tried to find info on this subject and cannot. My question is…. Can a woman who exclusively breastfeeds her 8-month-old fast once or twice a week? And if so, for how many hours do you recommend going without eating anything? I certainly do not want to harm my baby, but as a Christian woman I do want to fast unto the Lord Jesus.
Thank you very much God Bless”
Most information regarding this deals with actually going on a long-term diet, not sporadic fasts. In the Muslim and Jewish religions, 12-hour fasts are common throughout the year. In the scriptures relating to these spiritual fasts, pregnant and nursing mothers are exempt.