Re: 3 day old not eating, Please HELP!
I don't usually disagree with the PP, but in this case I do: if the baby is not nursing enough (and 2x in 12 hours is definitely not enough), and cannot be woken to nurse, then you should be pumping.
In your shoes, I would do the following:
1. Call the pediatrician. 2 nursing sessions in 12 hours and increasingly jaundiced appearance could mean trouble in terms of milk intake.
2. Keep exceedingly careful track of wet and poopy diapers. (The pediatrician should want to know how many of each, and what color the baby's stool is.)
3. Pump every 2-3 hours.
4. Feed the baby. Encourage him to nurse every 2 hours. If you try every trick and he still won't nurse, feed him some other way: cup, dropper, bottle- whatever it takes. Yes, you are risking increasing your trouble with nursing but at this stage feeding him is worth the risk.
5. If you are in a sunny area, make sure that the baby gets plenty of sunshine. If it's too cold to go out, put the heat on in the house and put him in a sunny spot near the window. Sunshine breaks down bilirubin, and that helps make the jaundice decrease.
6. Make an appointment with a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC. If there is something not going right with nursing, hands-on help will help you fix it. The LC can help you with pumping (making sure you have the right pump, and the right shields), and can help you find ways to feed the baby that don't increase his resistance to nursing.
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