My 3 day old baby is jaundiced. While we were at the hospital, the nurses and lactation consultants told me to nurse her for 10-15 minutes on each side and then supplement with at least a 1/2 oz of formula. Which I had been doing. She was latching on and nursing, although due to the jaundice she had to be woken up quite a bit and her latch wasn't that great either. They had us feed her with a syringe to give her the formula. Now my baby will not latch on at all, which is miserable because my milk is in and my breasts are engorged. She screams and cries if we try to get a latch going. All she wants is the syringe, whether it is breast milk or formula and it's making things so so difficult. I am extremely worried tonight because I have noticed no urine output at all and she should have had at least a couple of wet diapers by now.
So, I have been trying to put her to my breast first and if that doesn't work we give her around an oz of my pumped breast milk. So, my questions are: Is an oz enough to nourish her well? What if she spits up, does that mean she'll still be hungry or that she isn't getting anything? Should we stop if she spits up? I feel bad because the nurses really pushed that formula supplement and the past couple of times I haven't done it, but that's because she barely gets through an ounce before she starts acting satisfied. And I don't want her to be sick and throwing up all the time due to being overfed.
I'm just really scared because I want her bilirubin numbers to be down so she doesn't have to go back to the hospital for phototherapy. If she has to, it will break my heart to be away from her for even a few hours, much less a few days! :(