Breastfeeding has several benefits for the baby and the mother. It is highly recommended that women, who have gone through weight loss surgery , should breastfeed their babies. However, mothers will need to be extra careful to make sure that they are eating a healthy and varied diet. A healthy diet will help to ensure that the baby will get all the required nutrients to support his or her optimal growth and to prevent any nutritional deficiencies of the baby and the mother herself.
Gastric Bypass and Breastfeeding | Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP
Language: English German. Bariatric surgery is recommended when other weight loss interventions, such as lifestyle modification or medications, have failed. A considerable number of women undergoing bariatric surgery are of childbearing age; hence, it is necessary to be aware of the effects of bariatric surgery on pregnancy for managing these patients. Although bariatric surgery is associated with positive effects on cardiovascular and metabolic parameters, side effects such as anaemia, the risk of developing internal hernia, altered glucose metabolism and the risk of small for gestational age offspring have to be considered. Pregnant women with a history of gastric bypass should not undergo the oral glucose tolerance test OGTT due to the high risk of hypoglycaemia. There are no contraindications for vaginal delivery and breastfeeding.
I am currently six months pregnant and already have a 2 yr. Old daughter. Before the birth of my first daughter I had Gastric Bypass Surgery and do not absorb vitamins very well. I am severely anemic. With my first pregnancy I was told that I could not breastfeed because of my lack of absorption.