Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: On a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV
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- Son is 4 days old
- All-natural labor & delivery. No complications.
- Latched pretty well from the start, but latch got very lazy by day 2-3.
- 1-2 wet and/or poopy diapers per day since being home.
- Sleeps now day & night. Won't wake to eat. (The cold, wet cloth to the head/armpits/neck/tickling/stripping down to diaper wake him momentarily crying, but quickly falls asleep again after latching.)
He slept a lot when we brought him home, but he still had a moment or two of alertness in the day. I understand that sleepy babies, for some, are par for the course. However, by day 3 he slept day & night, barely waking to feed. He would latch, fall asleep, lather rinse, repeat. Again, a scenario I know to be very common.
But he's had very few wet/dirty diapers since he came home from the hospital, and yesterday I noticed he was very slightly jaundiced. His weight, however, is so far fine, save for the few lost ounces typical for this time in a newborn's life.
I took him to the doc today, who was, of course, completely ignorant to the nuances of breastfeeding & immediately told me to start supplementing w/formula before ever looking him over. (Even questioned my supply, which further confirmed her ignorance.)
This is my second-born. I'm fairly well-versed in breastfeeding challenges & all that come with newborn nursing. But this one has me really worried & stumped.
I've begun syringe feeding after pumping to get fluids in him b/c we suspect the jaundice might be coming from dehydration.
I'm starting to worry. I don't understand why he's not hungry enough to at least wake long enough to feed, or when he does is almost impossible to latch.
At what point do I start letting ignorant physician start imposing? I could use some comfort by way of similar experiences. The post-natal hormone flux is starting to get the best of me.
(For what it's worth, I'm in close contact with a LLL leader, too, I just hoped for some similar experiences here that would put my mind at ease.)