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Originally Posted by sunshinestarr
So if I decide to get the test after a week (we were going to wait about that long anyway) and during that time, baby is bfing fine, is there really no point to getting the test done?? I never thought about it that way!
Originally Posted by maxmama
Not your DDC, but..
The "PKU" tests for up to thirty inherited (mostly metabolic) disorders.
Originally Posted by PancakeGoddess
I'm sorry your midwife took that tone. That's obnoxious. The PKU is one newborn test that even the crunchiest mamas and midwives I know have done.
For me, the bigger issue is finding someone very patient and good at doing it gently. They need a lot of blood for that damn test, and it can be torture.
Hold baby upright, massage the heel, use a very warm washcloth on the foot for a few minutes beforehand. Be patient. See if you can call around and find a caring CNM to do the test for you because I think it makes a big difference.
Jessica, mama to Emma, 7, Mattie, 5.5 and Lilly, 3 and someone new this Halloween-ish.