2nd son has jaundice

Tina - posted on 01/13/2016 ( 4 moms have responded )

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i have a two yr old boy who is great just had my second son 6 days ago we have ben dealing with jaundice... i am completely breast feeding no passy no bottle nothing but breast milk ... i have had to get his blood drawn twice already cause his levels are high they havent put him under the light yet .. but hes very yellow .. not pooping hardly peeing great though..
my question for the moms who breast feed only.. what did yall eat so the baby can poop and what can i do other then worrying the nurses at the hospital told me not to worry about the jaundice then the night night before we were to go home gave me a scare..sayng he mostly likely wouldnt be going home it depended on the 5 am test{which he got to come home thankgod for that} but since ive had him i havent slept much cause im constantly trying to make sure hes eatting alot wanting him to poop so bad and hes not im sticking with my gut thats its something to worry about . any advice greatly appreated

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Sarah - posted on 01/13/2016

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My fourth was severely jaundiced, to the point they want to hospitalize her but I had three others at home so we managed with home health care. Jaundice can make the baby sleepy and not want to eat so be vigilant about him not going more that two hours between feeding. The bilirubin that makes him so yellow is excreted in his stool so yes the more he poops the more he will rid the bilirubin from his body. For my duaghter she had to wear a UV light around her belly, to help break the bilirubin down so she could then excrete it. I also had to formula feed her for 24 hours. This was the hardest part for me. The reason this works is the formula is not as efficiently metabolized as breastmilk and therefore creates more waste matter to eliminate the bilirubin. She was about 4 or 5 days when I did this and she went right back to the breast no problem. My daughter also lost a significant amount of weight, she was 6 lbs 11 oz at birth and dropped down to 4 lbs 15 oz during her first week. Typically a baby should not lose more than 10 percent of birth weight. The weight loss was attributed to her sleepiness and how hard it was for me to keep her up to feed. As scary as it was, it was mercifully brief. As far as the light from the window, it is not going to hurt him. Depending on the climate it may not be very effective. Good luck, and keep us posted. Have you been to the pediatrician yet?

Sarah - posted on 01/13/2016

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Yes the sunlight will help.....that is just the same as the lights they put them under....it is uv lights...sunlight. you don't want to have them in the sunlight outdoots, but by the window is great. I have breastfed 3 of my 4 kids....youngest is still breastfeeding. All three were a bit jaundice after birth. With all 3 my doctor made the comment about having them by the sunlight. I would question the nurse on her resources as it does not make sense.....since jaundice is lack on vit. D and sunlight is full of vit. D

Tina - posted on 01/13/2016

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hi thank you for replying i had asked the nurse about the sunlight she said that theres nothing that proves the sunlight helps cause u dont want them under the sun much but no proof backs it up tht sunlight helps so this is the first time of me dealing with jaundice so i am not sure what will help

Sarah - posted on 01/13/2016

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For jaundice the best treatment is sunlight. I would not worry about the pooping in the sense of feeding or your eating. The jaundice is more linked to sunlight/vit. D then pooping. Jaundice is very common in breastfed babies and usually resolves itself after the first few weeks. Try to put baby by the window in the sunlight during the day. This will help and then just give it time.

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