Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center
You should try to consume 60-80 grams of protein per day. Most protein drinks have between 10-15 grams for every 8-11 ounces.
Avoid drinking ½ hour before your meal and ½ hour after your meal so you are able to tolerate the full 8 ounces of protein drink.
Drink slowly or SIP, SIP, SIP. It should take you 30 minutes to drink up to 8 ounces of fluid; it is common to feel “full” after drinking only 4-6 ounces immediately after surgery. Stop your “meal” after 30 minutes.
Avoid all carbonated fluids. Carbonated fluids may stretch your new stomach and can be very uncomfortable (GAS).
Do not chew gum.
Do not graze between meals. If you are hungry between meals, limit your snacks to 8 oz of milk or 4 oz of a protein drink.
Do not use a straw to sip your fluids; doing so can lead to extra air accumulating in the new stomach causing discomfort.