Re: Jaundice and pediatrician's order to postpone breastfeed
Just when I think that I have heard every whacky, incorrect piece of breastfeeding advice out there... Something like this comes along.
When a baby has normal infant jaundice, the best thing to do for him is to feed him a lot. The more milk he takes in, the faster the bilirubin will be flushed from his body. As long as the baby is getting ENOUGH breastmilk, his jaundice should not escalate. But if a baby is not getting enough breastmilk, his jaundice can become more severe. That's probably what landed your LO back in the hospital.
There's no need, at this point, to formula-feed, and pumping and dumping is sheer lunacy. Your milk isn't poison that will harm your baby- again, when a breastfed baby has severe jaundice, the problem is usually the QUANTITY of milk he is taking in. Not anything else.
I think I am going to go scream into a pillow for a while now, I mean seriously...
Oh, and this is a good article on jaundice: http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=...tion&Itemid=17
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