Our baby girl has been having jaundice issues unfortunately. They had her under the photo therapy lights twice already, but the numbers climb back up once she's out. Between that and doing endless bloodwork, they have ruled out everything except for something called breastmilk jaundice. I had previously never heard of this before. Apparently, in a small amount of babies (2.4%) something in my breastmilk can interfere with her body's ability to break down the biliruben. I was devastated when I heard this. It was very hard to hear that something my body is producing exclusively for her, could also be making her sick. Her pediatrician recommended formula feeding only for 48 hours to see if her levels drop again. I was very pro- ebf. I wanted very much to only feed her breastmilk. I was very committed and determined to stick with it and that it was the best thing for my baby. Obviously all I want is for her to get better. After the 48 hours is up, we can go back to breastmilk as long as her levels remain down. I am afraid that we will have trouble getting her back on breastmilk when this is over. Do you think I should be worried that she won't want it anymore? Her pediatrician recommended I pump during this time and store it so we don't lose any. I still can't believe that something that is supposed to be the best for her, could be hurting her. T & P please that we have finally found the cause of her jaundice, and that she returns to breastmilk once this is over. I've cried over this so much already.
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