Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dr's Appointments

When we were discharged from the hospital, they advised us to schedule an appointment for a weight check a couple days after that, because they like to make sure breastfed babies are gaining their weight back. So Saturday afternoon, Greg and I took Kylee to the pediatrician. Her weight was 7 lbs 1 oz, which was another 7 oz down from us being discharged. The doctor said they like them to be back to birthweight by two weeks, but I was still a little worried. Also, the doctor said she looked a bit jaundice and sent us to the hospital to get her bilirubin levels tested. She said they peak a few days after birth and go down from there. Kylee was right in the peak of it but she wanted to make sure it wasn't too high where extra measures needed to be taken to lower it. She told me to nurse her enough that she was pooping at every feeding because that is how they get rid of the "bad jaundice stuff." (That's not a technical term...just in case you were wondering.)

So anyway, we went to the hospital and had her tested. The doctor called us that evening with the results, saying that they were higher than when we left the hospital but low enough that she should be able to lower them without medical help.

So for the past 3 days, I have been nursing this child like crazy since it was taking care of the jaundice problem as well as the weight loss.

We went in for another checkup tonight. Kylee is way less yellow, only a tiny bit on her chest and the doctor said she looks fine. Also, her weight was 7 lbs 8 oz so she's gained 7 oz in 3 days! I guess my nursing is doing its job!!! :)

Our doctor said she looks very good and we have a healthy baby girl. Needless to say, momma feels much better. :)

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