We had a little setback yesterday. After two nights of blissful skin to skin and hanging out, Piper's c reactive protein came back extremely high. She had a ton of mucus in her lungs when she was born and her cord wrapped twice around her neck. It's possible that some infection was introduced during the suctioning process. We're not sure. I had no risk factors for infection at all, so who knows. Either way, it was high enough that they pulled her into the special care nursery for 7 day iv antibiotics.
Apart from being emotionally devastated to be away from her, we're actually in good shape. She's doing totally fine, no signs of illness at all. She's latching and nursing. The only problem is that I'm trying to get my milk supply in when she's not around. The special care nurses call when she's awake or seems hungry, but there are times I'll get down there and she will be too sleepy to nurse. I've been pumping and getting a little bit, so hopefully that increases over the next day or so. My question is whether any other moms have any tips on getting in milk supply when away from baby. I get discharged either today or tomorrow, so it will actually be even harder since I won't be in the hospital all night. I'm trying to pump or nurse every two hours or so. They have great lactation consultants here, but I still worry that pumping and infrequent nursing may not be enough. Any advice would be appreciated!
Hugs to all the mamas who are still waiting for their babes and to those who are currently snuggling! We can't wait to get little Piper home. She's completely wonderful and perfect in every way.