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Lactation After Bariatric Surgery: Physiological, Hormonal and Psychological Implications

by Bianca Balassiano, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 1 Nursing Contact Hours, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU
  • Handout: Yes

With the increase in the prevalence of obesity internationally, the world is turning its attention to effective forms of treatment. As a result, surgical techniques are increasingly being used in an attempt to ensure weight loss, reduction of comorbidities and hormonal balance in young patients of childbearing age. However, as a restrictive and disabsortive surgery, its impacts on pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum outcomes have been increasingly studied closely. Scientific studies provide substantial data on lactation after bariatric surgery, with common outcomes such as greater use of supplementation, less exclusive breastfeeding, shorter duration of breastfeeding and a higher rate of nutritional and vitamin deficiencies. Less studied, however, are its emotional effects on the lactating person, as well as the impacts on body recognition and the difficulties in dealing with the new morphological breast/chest configuration. Therefore, it is essential that the health professional who is dedicated to working in support of breastfeeding is specially trained to support families for the proper management of breastfeeding in the presence of substantially increased risks, as demonstrated after bariatric surgery.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe the impacts on health during pregnancy and lactation after bariatric surgery.

2. Describe the clinical implications for breastfeeding after bariatric surgery, especially the physiological, hormonal and emotional aspects.

3. Explain how bariatric surgery may impact milk supply and composition of human milk.

Presentations: 29  |  Hours / CE Credits: 29.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks