Friday, September 19, 2008

Yellow Fellow

So yesterday, I was nursing Will, and I thought to myself, "He is looking yellow again."

Now, he doesn't look as yellow as he did a few weeks back, but the tint was there. And when he opened his eyes after his afternoon nap, I noticed the whites were not looking so white. I tried to tell myself that I was being silly and that jaundice doesn't come back, but I couldn't ignore the yellow tinge of Will's skin.

I called the pediatrician so that the nurse could have a good laugh at my silly first time motherness, but instead, they told me that jaundice can come back. So, we went into the doctor for the first time in two weeks.

Yes, folks, his jaundice is back. Or, more likely, it never really went away. We are still waiting on blood work for the actual levels, but at least I don't feel stupid for going in. I really do love our pediatrician and she is so good about not making me feel silly.

The good news is, she doesn't think it is severe. It is somewhat concerning that he still has any jaundice, but it is actually somewhat common in breastfed babies. The cure is to, once again, take Will off of breastmilk, this time for 36 hours. I pump and store my milk, he gets formula.

I am taking this in much more stride this time - what a difference it makes when the hormone crash isn't happening at the same time that you are dealing with a sick infant! We are really established with breastfeeding now and I am pretty sure that he will go back to the breast at the end of the time off. If not, then I would be okay with pumping, too. I am also going to treat myself to a nice glass of wine for dinner and then dump that milk. It will be nice to enjoy an adult beverage for the first time since I can't remember when. I know the "experts" say that a drink now and then while breastfeeding is okay, but I just don't feel right doing it. No judgment on anyone else! Logically, I think it's fine to indulge every now and then. Emotionally, it just feels weird when I go to actually drink the alcohol and I can't enjoy the drink because of that.

I am not happy that he is still still yellow, but the doctor doesn't seem concerned, so I am going to follow her lead. We have a follow up appointment next week, so I'll keep you posted!

10 comments:

Jen said...

Clearly you are taking wonderful care of him to notice so quickly! I'm glad it is an easy fix. Enjoy your wine!

Anonymous said...

sorry about the jaundice. you know, when my son had it i was told just to keep feeding him. no one told me to take him off of formula. the most important thing was that he keep drinking/eating. oh - and plenty of sunlight!! good luck!

Fertilized said...

There ya have it - you sound like a seasoned mom in this post! ROCK ON! You are doing a fabulous job

Kim said...

Oh man, I hope that it goes away quickly!

My Reality said...

I hope the yellow goes away soon and for good this time.

Sugar and Ice said...

I'm sorry to hear of the jaundice. My daughter had it as well, and it really made things emotionally taxing..having a light box in our house...not getting to hold her while she was in it. Anyway, it's rough, so I feel for you.

Elle Charlie said...

Oh, hope he is okay! He's lucky to have a good mom like you. Now go enjoy that glass of wine guilt free!!!

Amy said...

Pump and dump after only one glass of wine? C'mon Katie...you know better!! One glass is just fine! HA!! But I will let it slide since you're a first timer! Glad things are going so well! LOVE the new pics, he really looks so much like you right now! xoxoxox

La La said...

Ugh, sorry about the jaundice (again). Hope it gets cleared up soon.

Jennifer Eagan Photography said...

I'm sure that's really reassuring to your "mom sense" that it wasn't just nothing and you were right! Good job, mom!

Glad it's not serious!

Let me know if you're still interested in portraits!