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Minor fast, nursing a two year old

19 June, 2013

Question:

My daughter just turned two recently and I still breastfeed her on a daily basis, usually 2-3 times a day. I was wondering whether I am required to fast on 17 Tammuz this year.

Since she was born I have not fasted on any minor fast days. I have had a tough time fasting while breastfeeding and caring for her, and actually broke my fast on 9 b’Av last year as well.


Answer:

Since you are still breastfeeding your daughter regularly, and have difficulty fasting while breastfeeding, you may eat and drink on minor fast days.


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