WLS while breastfeeding

Michelle G.
on 6/25/12 3:55 am
RNY on 08/15/12
Hi!  I am new to this website...

I have had my initial evaluations for Lap RNY, but have not met with my surgeon or gotten a surgery date scheduled.

I am currently breastfeeding, though, and would like advice from other women who were breastfeeding at the time of your surgery and how your experiences went.

I did a search on the boards for this topic and saw a few posts similar to this and all the responses of how it is not advised and most people don't think it is possible to continue breastfeeding after wls.  I have also found a few success stories!

I am looking for actual experiences with having wls while breastfeeding, not just opinions on whether or not it should be done.

on 6/25/12 6:26 am
RNY on 05/07/12 with
 Talk about your concerns with your bariatic surgeon.  Every doctor is different and some people may have been given the ok by their doctor but not with others.  don't go with people post because again you need this information from your surgeon. Good luck!
Michelle G.
on 6/25/12 6:31 am
RNY on 08/15/12
I do plan to bring it up with my surgeon, but he is a specialist in bariatrics - not breastfeeding.  I want to make sure I am armed with all the information available, not just one doctor's thoughts on the matter.  There is very little information available to mothers or doctors on this topic.

I'm hoping there are some women who have either succeeded or failed at breastfeeding during the process of having the surgery and recovering who will be willing to share their experiences and advice.

on 6/25/12 7:59 am
VSG on 12/06/10 with

Hello there.  My son was 14+ months old when I had my VSG.  I'm 18months post-op and he still nurses.  We had zero issues.  He was eating solids but still got a good source of his nutrition from me.  Don't let anyone tell you that it's not possible.  Wrong!  Obviously, you must make sure you get adequate hydration/nutrition.    Go up to the search feature and type in wls and breastfeeding.  There was a lady who had bf'ing twins when she had wls.  Good luck!


   hi there.  pleased to meet you.  ~jennifer                        
Michelle G.
on 6/25/12 8:59 am
RNY on 08/15/12
Jennifer - thank you SO much for your btdt tale!  That is what I am looking for.  I'd love to find the post with the mom of twins, but my searches haven't yielded much.  Mostly I end up finding threads regarding breastfeeding after a pregnancy post-op - not so much having the surgery while breastfeeding.  Two VERY different cir****tances, imo.

Anyone else with btdt tales?
Amy D.
on 6/25/12 8:43 am - VA
RNY on 03/13/12
I would be concerned that you would not get enough calories to produce an adequate supply of milk. Adequate hydration would probably be a problem as well. How old is your baby? If he's older and on solids then it might be okay, but if he is primarily getting his nutrition from nursing then I'm not sure that it would work. That said, I haven't btdt, but I am an avid proponent of breastfeeding and I rarely think any nursing situation is undoable, but you just can't get around the calorie and possible hydration deficit.

Good luck with whatever you decide. Maybe contact your local La Leche league and see if they have any recommendations. Or the lactation specialist at your local hospital.
HW: 272 lbs. (BMI 49.7)     SW: 237 lbs. (BMI 43.3)    GW: 140 lbs. (BMI 25.6)   
Citizen (USA & Brit) Kim
on 6/25/12 11:00 am - Castle Rock, CO
I gave up breastfeeding my son the week before my RNY - he was 11 months old and already established with solids.  

I don't believe I would have been able to do both, but as a midwife, I acknowledge that some people are super mums and can do it all and good luck to them!

I would be surprised if your surgeon were keen on doing WLS on a breastfeeding mum - mine was willing to postpone my surgery if I wanted to carry on feeding but I chose to have the surgery as we were pretty much finished anyway.

Good luck with whatever you choose!

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Michelle G.
on 6/25/12 11:04 am
RNY on 08/15/12
Thanks for your experience!  I'd love to make it to a year, as that's how long I bf my other children, but that isn't until January!  I've thought about postponing my surgery until later in the year (though I don't even have a date yet, so it may be later anyway!) but am so ready to make this change. 

Now that I've decided to go for it, I don't want to have to keep waiting....  I guess I'd like to have my cake and eat it, too.  Is that a bad cliche to use on an obesity forum???  ;)
on 6/25/12 2:58 pm
 Welcome! hope you could gain somw ideas here like me!:)
on 6/25/12 3:48 pm - VA
Good for you that you want to continue to breastfeed your child! I breastfed my son until he was 2 years & 2 months old. Breast is best.

I encourage you to contact La Leche League. They are the breastfeeding experts & have many physicians on staff.


I wish you the best! What lucky kids you have!

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