Originally Posted by Cuddlemama
I hate to butt in with an imediate whine after being mia for so long but....wahhhhhh, I need some serious help with jaundice issues.
Anna is 2 weeks old today. At her highest, her jaundice was 19.7, which made the pediatrician very nervous. We started out with blood type incompatibility jaundice (I'm O-, she's O+) and now we seem to be working into a serious case of breastmilk jaundice.
Anna came home on the bili blanket, and remained on it till this Monday. Her Monday bili test was 14.1, and they said we could remove the blanket. Today's test was back up to 16.4!!!!!!!!!! I've been freaking out and crying.
The doctor said we have till Saturday to see a dramatic turn around or we'll need to take "more serious action". In this ped practice, more serious action is hospitalization and a complete weaning to formula.
Any suggestions for getting the bili out of her body when she only poops twice a day and there's NO sunshine in our town for the next few days.
Leigh, force that baby to nurse EVERY HOUR. 16.4 is not that bad. 19 is a little worrisome, but it did go down. Can't they put her back on the blanket? There is NO NEED to completly wean to formula. What I would do is go out and get a can of formula and have your husband or someone else give her a bottle when you are nowhere to be seen or heard. Do not let her associate you being anywhere NEAR a bottle. Just give her maybe three a day, and you go in another room and pump then. It will not be the end of the world.
Bridget was severly jaundiced (her highest bili was 29.6). I was originally told to stop nursing, but when she was transfered to another hosp they said to nurse. I just never allowed her to have any bottles when I was there, and she never had troubles going from bottle to nursing. We went on to nurse for two and a half years, so don't be scared if you do have to resort to bottles. We eventually had to go to blood transfusions for Bridget, but hers rose much faster than your babies is doing.
Please feel free to PM me if you need anything else, we have been there.... 2