Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Maddie's bilirubin (jaundice) levels are coming down, but slowly. Too slowly for our doctor's liking. So, we go see a pediatrician on Thursday morning just to make sure we aren't missing anything.
I'm not worried...
Or at least that is what I keep chanting in my head.
Our doctor is fairly certain that the type of jaundice Madison has is called breast milk jaundice. If jaundice occurs or persists past the first week of life in an otherwise healthy and thriving breast-fed infant, the condition may be called "breast milk jaundice." It is probably caused by factors in the breast milk, which block certain proteins in the liver that break down bilirubin.
Great. My breast milk may be the reason she is jaundice.
Although it's irrational thinking... it's thinking all the same. As mommies we blame ourselves for the slightest "hiccup" in our children's life and I can't help but think that I am doing this to her.
Do I stop breastfeeding? Do I start her on formula right away?
Our doctor and all the literature says no. On the contrary, the best treatment is to nurse more frequently to increase her fluid levels and, in turn, can cause the bilirubin level to drop (which doesn't make much sense to me if it's the breast milk causing the high bilirubin levels in the first place?).
Maddie is nursing well and I have never had a problem with milk supply, so it's strange.
We look forward to our appointment on Thursday.... bring it on!
Posted by Lea at 10:01 AM