Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Breastmilk Jaundice

Yiu-Shern is still having jaundice. His SB level was at 247 yesterday, which nearly gave us a heart-attack. We immediately sent him to see Dr. Dan.

Before this, he has already been hospitalized twice because of his high jaundice level.

As Yiu-Shern is already more than 3 weeks old, he was asked to undergo a thorough checkup - urine test, blood test & ultrasound.
We spent the whole morning in Island Hospital.

He cried his lungs out when they poke the needle into both his hands blood veins to retrieve a few vials of blood. I could felt my own tears dripping down as well.

The results came back good. There is nothing wrong with his liver and it is functioning well. Phew...

Dr. Dan then explained that his jaundice is called 'Breastmilk Jaundice.'
So what is Breastmilk Jaundice?

The baby should be gaining well, with breastfeeding alone, having lots of bowel movements, passing plentiful, clear urine and be generally well. In such a setting, the baby has breastmilk jaundice.

Breastmilk jaundice peaks at 10-21 days, but may last for 2-3 months. Breastmilk jaundice is supposedly normal, as long as the exclusively breastfed baby is perfectly healthy and is gaining weight.

Yiu-Shern was 3.6kg when he was born. But at 5 days when he was discharged from Island Hospital, he was only 3.3kg. As of yesterday, his weight has been increased to 4.1kg.
Dr. Dan said his weight gain is perfectly good.

But whatever the reason, Yiu-Shern is still yellow and is still making me having more wrinkles. I think I will be an old maid before he reaches 1 year.

I am constantly worrying and thinking about my baby.

7 comments:

chiaoju said...

*hugsssss*

a mother will always worry no matter what -- that's what my mum always tell me.

im sure yiu-shern will be fine soon. he sure look like one very healthy baby!

take care. oh, and happy early one-month bday to yiu-shern! =)

Mindy said...

Wow, I just realized that Yiu-Shern is almost 1 month old. Time sure flies. :)

Mun Yi said...

Don't worry too much mummy. I'm sure Yiu-Shern will be fine in no time. :)

blubbieMs said...

Nah, not to worry too much. Jaden was pretty yellow till like he was about 3-4 months old... his doc didn even recommend us to do the UV thing.. evbody thought Jaden had skin color like mine but he just turned out well and started to look fairer and fairer after a while.. just let him drink the breastmilk as usual.. more fluids would do him good! =)

Tan Shu-Yin said...

Hie u 4 peeps,

u 4 are my faithful blog readers.
thanks so much for the encouragement.

Emily..really? til 3-4 mths? wow...means i stil hv a long wait.

Soo Huey said...

oo... i check your blog almost every night leh. juz dun alwiz comment nia.

so far still monitoring how things r goin for u mah. wanna visit u but dont wanna bother you, so seeing how u are thru yr blog loh..

Tan Shu-Yin said...

Shuey...hehe. thanks for reading. glad to see u here too ;)

if u all come visit me also i not sure if i can entertain u all. coz i'm b/feeding yiu-shern every 2 hrly for about 1 hr. so dunno when i free wan. and after confinement, i will be on my own (i shudder at the thought)..not sure if i can manage or not.

but if u all come visit me awhile ok la. mebbe half an hr visit.

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