OK, so how long do you wait to drink after eating?

on 2/28/09 10:10 am - Fort Bragg, NC
In my surgeons program, they said about 9 months ago to wait 30 minutes before and after eating to drink. Now as I went through the program (I am 6 weeks out) I was told to wait 45- 60 minutes. Than I found the link for pouch rules for dummies and it says to not drink for 90-120 minutes after finishing eating.  So, my question is what works for you in relation to your weight loss and how long its been since your surgery?
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J. B
on 2/28/09 10:16 am - Weehawken, NJ
 I would say for the first 9 months it was 30 mins before and 30-45 mins after wards. Then again it also depends on what you eat. If you eat steak and potato's I would defiantly not drink right away, but if I had a yogurt and banana, now I would wait less then 30.

Now at 19 months post op I do eat and drink at the same time, with no pain but not a lot and again it depends on what I eat. 
Kathy J.
on 2/28/09 10:23 am
RNY on 09/14/08 with
When I was early out, I waited 30 minutes before and after I ate before I started drinking. But, now I usually drink right up until I start eating...but wait for about 30-45 minutes after I eat before I start drinking again.  That usually works fine for me but if your surgeon tells different, always follow what they say  :)   I feel my weight loss has been going fine and I'm about 6 months out. I've always been a drinker while eating so this rule was super hard for me to get use to!   I still find myself sipping while eating which is a big NO NO as far as my surgeon goes....so I always have to stop myself. They say to not have anything around while you're eating but I'm afraid to do that...in case I "need" water...it's there.  I guess it's a phobia of choking or something?   At any rate, it's a rough rule for me but I do try to stay on track as much as I can. 
on 2/28/09 10:27 am - SD
I am amost 4 months out post op. I drink up till the time that I eat, and wait 1 hour after I eat. per surgeons rule. he told me he did not want me to worry about drinking so many ounces a day but to continue to keep on drinking  when I am not eating basically. which has been hard cause i am not much of a person to drink so much milk a day such as 2 glasses, bu****er i can continue to drink it which makes me go potty constantly. LOL

Good Luck!


on 2/28/09 10:45 am - Klamath Falls, OR
I am 10 months out & 122 pounds gone.  I have always been told, by my surgeon and nutritionist, stop drinking 30 minutes before and do not drink 45 to 60 minutes after.  The point is you want the pouch empty so you can pack it with protein and then you want the body to take its time digesting..if you drink too soon you are washing away your hard won protein & not doing yourself any favors.  Also, you need to take into consideration what you are eating.  If you drink too soon you can cause certain foods to swell and that can lead to pain and possibly getting sick.  This is just what I have learned and what I go by.  Sounds like everyone does something different though.
on 2/28/09 11:09 am - Hudson, NH
my program always said 30 minutes before and after and that has worked.  There is no way you should wait 90-120 minutes, especially in the beginning b/c getting your fluids in is very important so to waste that much time not drinking is not a good idea.  And if you drink too soon you will either hurt your stomach, stretch your pouch, puke it up or push your food through to fast which will make you hungry too soon and then you eat again and defeat the purpose of the pouch.  Hope this helps.
on 2/28/09 11:11 am - Hudson, NH
By the way, my surgery was 2 years 3 mos ago.  I lost a total of 120lbs (before & after surgery) but I have gained a little bit back in the last 6 mos.
on 2/28/09 11:10 am

My suggestion is follow your surgeon's recommendation.  There are way to many variations on what one doctor thinks compared to what others think.

My program was no liquids 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after.  Now that I can eat more and feel some hunger I'll drink up to my planned meal and then wait 30 minutes or so after eating before drinking again. 

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on 2/28/09 11:17 am - Muskegon, MI
30 minutes before - 45-60 minutes after, if possible.

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on 2/28/09 1:18 pm - Willingboro, NJ
I've never waited.  I take sips with my meals.  What's the difference between having sips of water and having soup for lunch or a stew?  I only have a couple oz with a meal.  That's not 6-8 oz but more like 1-2 oz.  I know that's contrary to the "pouch rules" but my original surgeon didn't believe in them.  I lost 230 lbs after my RNY.