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.