Our son (who is now one week old) had jaundice and had to stay in the hospital. (We actually got discharged from the hospital on Sunday, however on Monday (3 days old) afternoon I have noticed that he has fever so we rushed to the emergency room where we found out that his jaundice increased from bilirubin level of 12.2 to 23 in 24hrs. He was also diagnosed with pretty bad dehydration. We were admitted and we stayed in the hospital until Thursday evening) during our stay multiple pediatricians told me to continue feeding him with breast milk. Today, however,(the baby is one week old) we went for a follow up with a private pediatrician who told us to stop breastfeeding for 48 hours and supplement with formula as it would help clear out jaundice from his body. She ordered that although his jaundice is in the norm and he has gained all his birth weight back (born 8.8lbs, one week later weighs 8.13lbs).
My question now is, is it true that formula will help clear out jaundice and is it necessary to stop breastfeeding? If we do so how will it affect our ability to continue breastfeeding? Especially with problems that we already have. Is it possible to still have a successful breastfeeding experience? Also the pediatrician told us to dump all the milk that I will pump out during the 48hrs, is it necessary to dump it or can we keep it?