Getting the Skinny on Breastfeeding After Weight-Loss Surgery

with guest Julie Stefanski

Air Date: May 22, 2017

You made the decision to have bariatric surgery to improve your health—and it has! But now you’re pregnant, and you want to breastfeed. You’ve heard it’s best for your baby’s health, and yours. Can you do it? How does your nutritional status before or during pregnancy relate to your ability to breastfeed your new baby? How can you ensure optimal health for you both? What are the risks, and how can you avoid them? What do you need to know? Join Marie and special guest, dietitian Julie Stefanski, MEd, RD, LDN, CDE, for a discussion of breastfeeding after bariatric surgery. Learn how or if your milk is likely to be affected, how rapid-weight loss can change your breasts, and subsequent milk transfer. Find out how to make sure you stay one step ahead of your doctors in ensuring optimal nutrition for yourself and your baby—even when you seemingly feel fine. Make sure you get the help you need early in the game, and meet your breastfeeding goals!

Guest Profile – Julie Stefanski

Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDE is the owner of Stefanski Nutrition Services (York, PA) as well as the registered dietitian for Leg Up Farm and Leg Up Farmer’s Market. She helps others with food, nutrition and health, and she provides personal nutrition counseling and classes to adults and children. Julie holds board certifications as a sports dietitian and certified diabetes educator. The author of a textbook chapter o pediatric nutrition for “Nutrition and Diet Therapy for Nurses,” she is an editor/writer for Nutrition Dimension, a division of OnCourse Learning, one of the largest providers of CEU courses for healthcare professionals and a blogging coordinator & PR/Social Media chair for PA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She can be found online at
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