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|Breastmilk jaundice is normal. Rarely, if ever, does breastfeeding need to be discontinued even for a short time. Only very occasionally is any treatment, such as phototherapy, necessary. There is not one bit of evidence that this jaundice causes any problem at all for the baby. Breastfeeding should not be discontinued "in order to make a diagnosis". If the baby is truly doing well on breast only, there is no reason, none, to stop breastfeeding or supplement with a lactation aid, for that matter. The notion that there is something wrong with the baby being jaundiced comes from the assumption that the formula feeding baby is the standard by which we should determine how the breastfed baby should be. This manner of thinking, almost universal amongst health professionals, truly turns logic upside down. Thus, the formula feeding baby is rarely jaundiced after the first week of life, and when he is, there is usually something wrong. Therefore, the baby with so called breastmilk jaundice is a concern and "something must be done". However, in our experience, most exclusively breastfed babies who are perfectly healthy and gaining weight well are still jaundiced at five to six weeks of life and even later. The question, in fact, should be whether or not it is normal not to be jaundiced and is this absence of jaundice something we should worry about? Do not stop breastfeeding for “breastmilk” jaundice.|
Whoa, I just read the rest of your post. DO NOT stop breastfeeding!! Call your local (or as local as you can get) LLL member or PM me and I'll tell you what I know. Baby is screaming for lunch right now. Go post this in the breastfeeding forum for a more immediate response.
We are going this week for more blood work. Her jaundice is better, her skin is almost pink now, but her eyes are still tinted yellow. They want to make sure her kidneys are functioning properly. She is also very slow at gaining weight. She is very long, but dainty. I'm not sure if my supply is enough even though I'm drinking mothers tea and rr leaf tea. She seems to drink well for the first bit and then do a lot of sucking. I squeezed my nipples and nothing really came out. I haven't given her formula yet, but I'm getting very close...I want her to fill out. I'm trying to give breasting all I have, I'm trying so hard to hang in there.
Here are a couple pics....Kaila-Rose 7 weeks