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If someone is exempt from fasting on a minor fast day, with the example that I have in mind being a nursing woman, is there any concept that they should still fast as much as possible, or do we say that once the fast is broken it is broken?

Does it make a difference if they have not broken their fast yet? I.e. if someone woke up and has not yet eaten, is there any reason for them to push off breakfast so that they have gone longer without breaking their fast?

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Not a dupe of judaism.stackexchange.com/q/13026?rq=1 as this asks about exemption, not accidental violation. – Y ez Jul 14 '14 at 18:52
There may be differences on different fasts and differences depending on each individual. This question is one that should be asked of ones Rabbi. – Gershon Gold Jul 14 '14 at 19:02
What @GershonGold said. Mostly because it depends on why the person is not fasting -- if "trying their hardest" will cause problems along the lines of why they're not fasting in the first place, then absolutely not. If they could get away with it, then maybe....CYLOR – Shokhet Jul 14 '14 at 19:05
he.wikisource.org/wiki/… – Double AA Jul 14 '14 at 19:11
@GershonGold I never understand why some questions get this response and others don't. We have a halacha question tag, and my question never refers to myself, nor is it for myself. Are there not general rules that can be discussed for such a halacha? – Y ez Jul 14 '14 at 19:25

As a general idea the Mishna Brurah writes that the idea of fasts is to bring one to do tshuva not to just fast and go on like a regular day,it is like taking the tafel instead of the ikar. If a mother needs to nurse then she should eat what she needs. If one is allowed to eat it means just that but to eat fancy things or sweets that are not necessary does not fit with the spirit of the day.

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