Banded while breastfeeding?


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I had written a while back and asked about waiting to be banded till I was done breastfeeding. However, I have never actually heard that you couldn't be banded and continue to breastfeed. Wouldn't it be possible to go ahead and get the band, then wait to get the first fill till I was done? If you can have the band on while pregnant, isn't it the same basic thing?

I'd love to hear from anyone who's heard one way or another on this! Thanks:)

Jodi

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hi did you get the band in yet and are you still breastfeeding??

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Hi!

Yes, I'm still breastfeeding. My son is just a little over 7 months old. I'm scheduled to be banded on Oct. 4th. I've talked to two surgeons who assure me I can be banded and contiinue breastfeeding. One thinks I may need to supplement during the pre-op liquid diet, but other than that I should be fine.

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hello,

I am nursing my twin 18 month olds and was banded two weeks ago. Quite frankly, I would talk to your lac, but I haven't found it too hard...I am a little dehydrated, but our bodies can work off of our fat stores...

Your child will be 10 months when you are banded, right? Well, to be honest, at that point you are no longer the main source of nutrition...so you may not need to even need to supplement. Just make sure you hydrate.

I was uncomfortable nursing initially, but after the second day, I felt better.

Any questions, please feel free to ask!

Rain

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Ooooh, I have some questions. How did you do on the liquid phase? Did you notice your milk supply go down at all? How many times a day were you breastfeeding then?

My baby will actually just barely be 9 months old when I get banded. The worrisome thing is that one surgeon said "Well, if you can't breastfeed it'll be ok anyway. There is no nutrional benefit to breastfeeding past 9 months anyway." I wonder where he got this information. Anyway, it's good to see it IS possible.

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hello,

I did okay on the liquids phase...I am only nursing once or twice a day though. I think you should pump like a madwoman now and then you will have some supplements at the read.

I DID feel my supply go down..I could tell by the way the girls were uninterested sometimes. However, I've been VERY bad about my Protein shakes...if you were to drink 2-3 a day, made with milk, then you would have a better supply than I did. Also, make sure you get your 64 ounces of Water a day...You'll just have to be super diligent.

You could always pump after nursing each time (after you're banded) to encourage more milk...then, when your diet improves, you may have a better supply than if you hadn't pumped...know what I mean?

Good luck!

Keep me up to date!

Rain

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I'm exclusively breastfeeding my 2 month old baby and just had a revision 2 days ago. My doctor did not put me on a pre-op diet. Before my revision I had a very abundant milk supply (I could probably have feed twins). But since the surgery I have noticed my milk supply has gone way down. I'm drinking like crazy to keep hydrated, but have already had to start some creamy Soups to keep satisfied. My baby seams to have just barely enough. I think that once I add in soft foods my supply will go up.

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