Thank you all so much for your words of sympathy, encouragement, and offers of help and advice. It really does mean a lot! It helps to remember that others have gone through this before. We truly have felt the extra prayers offered on our behalf. THANK YOU!
We took Ganache in on Friday and he gained 6 ounces in two days! I weighed him again this morning on the digital scale my sister-in-law loaned us and he has gained another 4 ounces on top of that. Very good news! The formula not only is helping him to regain his weight but it also flushed out the remainder of the extra bilirubin in his system. His color is back, his cries are stronger, and he is more alert when awake.
A few things we found out:
- He is not tongue tied.
- I am producing enough milk for him but because of the breastmilk jaundice his body isn’t absorbing it like it should.
- He is consuming about twice the amount a baby his size typically does with the supplement of formula.
- He has a higher metabolism than a typical newborn. My mother-in-law went through something very similar with Mr. Ferrero Rocher’s younger brother and he still has a high metabolism as an adult. He eats tons and is skinny as a rail.
We still need to supplement for at least two more weeks – maybe up to four for a couple of reasons. The first is to help Ganache gain back the weight he lost and then some. The second reason is breastmilk jaundice can last anywhere from 3 to 12 weeks so keeping Ganache on formula will continue to keep extra bilirubin from building back up. We’ll slowly reduce the amount of formula after that to see how he does. If the bilirubin starts to increase or Ganache’s weight begins to decrease again then we’ll probably just have to continue to supplement with formula. One thing I am doing to try to avoid that is to build up my milk supply even more to cover for the amount of formula he is used to getting.
The older girls and Mr. Ferrero Rocher have sure enjoyed the one-on-one time with Ganache as they take turns feeding him his bottles of formula. It’s amazing how this little guy has drawn our family, which was close to begin with, even closer together.
About the photos: I finally felt comfortable taking pictures of him today. You can tell he has plumped up a little looking at the photos from the last post.
And I can’t resist baby yawns.
Especially when the yawn is so big the elf hat falls over his eyes.