I got 3 hours of sleep in a row last night. I attribute it to an amazing husband, a cooperative daughter and a trip to the doctor’s office.
BabyMort was still looking jaundiced to us and she was eating every 1.5 hours or less, but falling asleep shortly into the feedings (and I’d read that being really sleepy can be a symptom of jaundice.) So we went in to the doctor’s office yesterday. We found out that her bilirubin level was 13 – and 14 is the level where they’d consider treatment. It’s all indirect, which means that her liver is working just fine and she has breastfeeding jaunice. That’s when a protein in the breastmilk prevents her body from getting rid of the bilirubin because it’s reabsorbed in the small intestine. Her levels should remain stable and then drop off in a couple weeks. This information didn’t help me get any more sleep, but I did feel better knowing what was going on with her jaundice.
The sleep came, because the pediatrician suggested that we try using a pacifier if it hadn’t been long since her last feeding, because she might just want to suck on something. We’d been trying to avoid using one, at least until we knew breastfeeding had been well established. Considering that the little lady had gained 14 ounces in 7 days, the doctor was confident that she had gotten the hang of breastfeeding though. So when she started rooting around about an hour after her bedtime feeding, DaddyMort grabbed a pacifier and cuddled and rocked her until she fell asleep. She made it 2.5 hours until her next feeding at that point and then 3.5 hours until the next feeding – with some more cuddling from her daddy!! He actually apologized when he brought her in after “only” 3.5 hours – I was ecstatic though and definitely more energized to make it through the rest of the night.
We’re optimistic, but not terribly confident, that we might be getting this sleep thing figured out. Regardless, she’s uber-cute!!