As I approach my fourth hospital birth, I'm feeling pretty stressed out about dealing with the doctors and nurses and in particular the issue of jaundice and formula supplementation.
With our first, I knew very little and didn't have much to say to fight the pediatrician's suggestion that we supplement our baby -- who had some jaundice and a little trouble breastfeeding but was not dehydrated or, in retrospect, very high on the bilirubin chart. The supplementing started us off on a really bad foot and contributed to some PPD for me and just was generally crappy, mostly because it so was not what I wanted. We got off it eventually but it took about 5 weeks (at which point my regular pediatrician even said, "Wow, I didn't think you could do it." Lovely.)
Anyway, with the next two births I was so paranoid about this that I basically made sure we got out of the hospital at the first sign of yellow baby so as not to be hassled. And, my milk came in a little sooner this time, so that helped, too.
But this next birth is going to be a scheduled csection, and at least 2 weeks early, both of which I know can influence jaundice in a baby. So -- stress .........
Sooooooooooooo, trying to be proactive, I went to meet with one of the pediatricians from the group who attends at the hospital yesterday, and while very "nice," I felt like he was just saying what he thought I wanted to hear. He said everything would be done "in partnership" with me, i.e. nothing behind my back, but also said one of the markers he looks for is weight loss and that generally anything over 10% is when he might start thinking about supplementing.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Is this reasonable or unreasonable?
I can't wait to just get in and get out!
Thanks in advance.