About my friend who "would'nt bf" (m)
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|Mon, 05-26-2003 - 9:08am|
I actually found out she was bf from our other friend, as she spoke w/ her 1st. So when i finally spoke w/ her (day 4 after delivery) she told me the babies bilirubin was high (17 & 18) the past 2 days & if it hit 19 they would admit the baby. So i just asked "are you breast of bottle feeding her?" & she said "Well, I am breastfeeding her, but only for 2 weeks". I just said "Great! What is the Ped saying since the high bilirubin?" & SURE ENOUGH ... she said "Well, they told me to supplement her w/ formula to get the Bili down". Errr!!!!!! To make a long story short, she really listened to my knowledge & experience & took my advice to not supplement at this time (her Bili was being cheecked daily anyway), & to nurse nurse nurse (her milk was in), every 2 hours today & i bet by the next day her bili would be down ... i found out she didnt "know" to nurse more often, & in FACT, said "Well, shes pretty sleepy so i was only nursing her like every 4-5 hours b/c everyone told me, dont wake a sleeping baby". See what happens when someone DOESNT educate themselves the right way on bf? I bet her Ped never even ASKED how often she was nursing of assessed it all! Just jumped RIGHT to "supplement w/ formula". So i also told her to contact the LC's at the hospital & get their input too.
& now, 4 days later, her bili is down to 15 & she's doing really well!
She may stop nursing after 2 weeks, she may not. But i am proud of her for at least giving it a try!
Just thought you guys would be interested in this update! R~ (who's dd has finally self weaned i think ... just this past week, at 3 yrs, 3 months! I am a LITTLE nostalgic, but more so FREE! lol)