I had my DD one month early @ exactly 36 weeks on Monday 4/4. We came home on Wednesday evening 4/6. Friday morning (4/8) at her 1st pediatrician appt., her bilirubin was 18.4. They called us at home around 3PM and told us to get things together for us to prepare to spend the night (at least) at the hospital, and head over to the local Children's Hospital. They said to go to ER/Triage b/c we would be a direct admit to the NICU, but that "we shouldn't freak out" (Yeah, sure, right.....)
We ended up there for 13 grueling days. She was put under triple phototherapy for 2 days and was getting fed my pumped breastmilk via NG tube. Her bili went down after 2 days to 11, and we took her off phototherapy. We began to try bf'ng and bottle feeding breast milk. She was barely able to latch even with the help of a nipple shield. Then, she started having trouble maintaining her core body temp and eating at the same time. Next, she went into an isolette to help her with the temp. issues. Then, she had another bili check and it was going back up, so she went under the lights again for another 3 days. We got the bilirubin down to 9 something. We were discharged to come home. She had gotten better at latching and sucking and had been gaining consistent weight. She's in the 25% for weight and height as of her 2 month check up (which was 6/8). I have been worried, though, because since returning to work on 5/27, her latch seemed to have gotten bad. She was clicking a lot and fussy at the breast several nights in a row. She only gets 3-4 bottles/day at daycare (about 80-90ml each) or with Dad when he watches her during day. Also, she was still yellow. I forced pedi. to run another bilicheck and she was now 9.2 (down from the 14.8 that she had been at previous week). So, the dr.s are not worried b/c she's gaining weight and her bilirubin is coming down, but I am freaking out b/c her wets are far less frequently "heavy", she only had one green, watery poop in my presence yesterday and one yellow poop today (daycare marked she'd bm'd a few times yesterday, but I don't know volume, color nor consistency). Also, she seems content to sleep, and I am waking her every 3-4 hours to nurse at night. Also, her bili is still higher than average, per the Dr. Last night, she and I went to see an LC (we've been to see her 2 times before) and she got 60ml off my one side in about 5 minutes. We then put her on the other side and she got 40ml more in also about 5 minutes. The LC had said she thought my latch was good, and that since when I pump at work in the mornings (around 8:30AM daily) and get 8oz (total) that LO is doing great.... but I just can't shake the feeling that LO is still too jaundiced, and afraid it's because she's not getting enough. Also, BF'ng at home is fine, but I am petrified of trying to BF in public, for fear she won't latch and instead will scream/cry. Any suggestions on making BF'ng in public easier? Also, the pedi said heavy wets don't matter if they are more than 6-8/day and that poopies don't matter either, as long as when they happen they are soft. Does this seem right?