my 8-day-old baby boy developed jaundice at about his 3rd day home. my milk didn't come in well until the 5th day and he wasn't having many dirty/wet diapers. yesterday was our first visit to the pediatrician and it was found that the baby had a high billirubin level - 22.8 - and a phototherapy blanket was ordered for us to use at home. we also found out that the baby - who left the hospital weighing 9.7 lbs. - now weighed only 8.8 lbs. the doctor told me to stop breastfeeding and give the baby formula. i was really upset because the baby had just started producing dirty and wet diapers. yesterday he had about 5 dirty diapers and a few additional wet ones. today he's dirtied 3 or 4 and wet 5. i havn't stopped breastfeeding but i feel guilty - am i putting my child in danger? his billirubin was down to 15 today and the doctor wants to see him on monday. i didn't tell him i wasn't giving the baby formula, and i'm actually afraid to do so because i don't know if i'm in the right here.
anyone have any advice?? i could really use it!