I called yesterday afternoon and [politely] harassed the pediatricians’ office for Ike’s bilirubin and liver function results. They eventually called back and said that both are a bit elevated. Boo. But I guess I knew that, given that he was still looking a little yellowish. I didn’t get exact numbers, but they said to give him formula for 48 hours, and to have the labs redrawn on Thursday morning. Not exactly cool with me, to say the least, but at least I kept the free formula samples that showed up in the mail, and at least I’d been pumping a little already so it wasn’t a huge thing to figure out, and at least the levels were only a little elevated and not alarming enough to require any more drastic measures, and at least he’s already had bottles of pumped milk so it’s not too strange for him, at least it’s forcing me to get a good stash of frozen milk stored up before I go back to work, and at least…. At least I can try to see the bright side here. I am trying, because pumping exclusively for two and a half days, having to mess with formula and bottles nonstop, taking my baby for yet another heel stick and then going directly into work afterward is definitely NOT how I imagined concluding my maternity leave.
Yeah, that. My boss texted me yesterday morning asking when I planned to come back in, and I said probably next week, half days to start. He asked if I could do half days this Thursday and Friday, and I thought it would be good to ease back in with a really short week and Mike was able to take some time so he can be with Ike, and…I said yes. Not sure yet if I am regretting it, but the thought of tomorrow being my last full day of true maternity leave does make me feel a bit nauseous and panicked. It will be fine, I know. It still just sucks. I still wish to be Canadian or European or anything else but a screwed-over United Statesian for these purposes. Blah.
Anyone dealt with prolonged jaundice? At nine weeks, it looks most like a case of breastmilk jaundice (we do have Rh factor incompatibility – I am B negative and he is B positive), but if things have not improved by Thursday, the pediatrician will refer us for GI consult (eek!). I think things are improving already, but I am doubting everything right now. Should I have given him formula, even if it’s only for a couple of days? I have been all over Google of course but am still not certain what they’ll instruct me to do if it has improved. I get to go back to breastfeeding, right? Could the jaundice be related to his slimy, mucusy poop issue as well? Is it making my dairy elimination null and void to give him milk based formula? So confusing. Gah. I just want to be sure everything is going to be okay, but I suppose that’s part of parenting – you never get to be 100% sure about everything.