Re: About to give up
If it was breastFEEDING jaundice rather than breastMILK jaundice, the levels would still be going up. It's the trend that is important. If your baby was getting insufficient milk, she would be unable to flush the bilirubin and her levels would just go up and up and up.
I know that the initial uptick in your baby's levels and resultant trip to the NICU (14 days, I can't even imagine...) must have left you feeling very vulnerable to worry. But I think the thing to do is to treat your baby's initial bilirubin spike and her persistent jaundice as two different things. That initial uptick was quite possibly the result of inadequate milk intake, because your baby was premature and probably wasn't a good nurser yet. But the current case of jaundice is probably just normal breastmilk jaundice, because your baby's diaper output is normal and her bilirubin levels are trending downwards.
I would not worry about your baby's current bili level at all. If she had been born on her due date, no-one would be worrying about a 1.5 month-old baby with a mild case of jaundice. And I'm not just saying that because I'm a diehard activist- I truly think that you are in the safe zone.
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