WLS while breastfeeding
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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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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
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!