VSG and Breastfeeding — What?!?

The whole reason for this blog is to relate my experience going through the sleeve surgery while breastfeeding my 4 month old (she’ll be just over 5 months on the date of the surgery).  I typically breastfeed till my babies till they are 1 year old, or they wean themselves.  This baby has been a little different in that at 2 months old she started sleeping 10-12 hours at night!  This is a mixed blessing since it gives me sleep, an unheard of anomaly with a newborn, but it also messes up the milk production.  We are just now getting a pattern for nursing that keeps my milk up enough to pump 8 ounces every other day or so.  I need to pump enough bottles for my husband to keep feeding my daughter breast milk while I am in Mexico for 5 days.

I have noticed that when I am not getting my water in then my breast milk diminishes.  This confirms the speculation that the critical element will be keeping my fluids up after the surgery.  Our bodies making breast milk is less about the calories, think about women in 3rd world countries breast feeding on minuscule calories per day, and more about having enough fluids to make the breast milk!  This is good news since my food calories are about to drop off drastically.  My water consumption, however, needs to stay as high as possible or not only am I not going to be able to breastfeed but I’ll also end up in the hospital for dehydration, which is potentially fatal.

So, my game plan is going to be to focus post-op on walking (I’ve had two c-sections so I know the value of walking in healing!) and getting in my fluids.  This might mean I need to set a timer through the night to continue to get in my fluids but it will be worth it to keep my health and to keep breast feeding.  I already bought my water bottle and I’m already practicing sipping at regular intervals to get in 64+ ounces.  Bottoms up!

Love and God’s blessings,


2 thoughts on “VSG and Breastfeeding — What?!?

  1. wow…finally a post that is exactly what im looking into. going to mexico 4 month old breastfeeding and what to expect. I really am interested in how this went for you being its a 2 year old post. best of luck!

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    1. My best advice is to pump as much as possible so you have a time period after the surgery to recover. Also make sure your fluids are staying up! Making sure I was hydrated was more important than the calorie count. It’s still continuing really well. I just gave birth to a baby boy 4 days ago (almost 2 years post VSG.) No problems breast feeding now either. I did gain about 40 lbs with this pregnancy but I blame the severe heartburn since all I could eat were simple carbs for the first and last couple months of the pregnancy. I have high hopes to get the food back under control and lose the weight again.


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