Elizabeth - posted on 04/26/2010 ( 161 moms have responded )
I just had my daughter on 4-20-10 at 38 weeks of pregnancy by induction. It was a high-risk pregnancy so I was looking forward to things being more normal. However, my baby girl has jaundice. We even had to readmit to the hospital for 30 hours and put her under the lamps. The doctor is having me feed her from my breast as well as top her off with that awful f-word(formula). I am really not happy about this. My husband and I looked up all kinds of information on breast feeding and formula as soon as we found out we were expecting and chose breast feeding of course. We also were not in favor of her using a binky or bottle but they got her attached to the binky before we could stop them so we let that slide. And the bottle, we finally came to terms that even though I am a stay at home mommy, when we go out for the evening she will have to have pumped milk from one. But this giving her formula.....ugh! I cringe every time I see her drinking it. At first she wanted nothing to do with it, she wanted my milk. Now she is used to it and drinks it just as well as my milk :(
The doctor said for the first few weeks and for sure untill all signs of jaundice are well behind us we have to do this. I'm just looking for some advice on how to cope with this. I feel like a failure because I'm giving her that awful stuff and not only breast milk. I know it's to make sure she is healthy and gets all her nutrients/gets enough, but that doesn't mean I have to like it right?