I just have a technical/"legal" type question. Today my infant nephew was baptized (Glory to God!), and during the liturgy he of course needed to have a feeding as he eats about every two hours. So anyway, I was just thinking about how children, infants, and mothers who are nursing all need food much more than adults do. Mothers need plenty of fluids and food to produce breast milk, and infants and small children become inconsolable if they go without food for long periods.
Does the Church even concern itself with requiring nursing mothers, infants and small children with fasting before communion, or is there something "wrong" with children eating before they approach the chalice?
For the record, I don't care at all and am not really concerned about it, I just thought it was an interesting technical question that might have an answer.