Friday, February 6, 2009

Open the floodgates

I can't remember if I posted about this before, but EJ and I were dealing with incompatible blood types and that was affecting the breast feeding. Since he's A+ and I'm A- my pediatrician thought that was stopping his jaundice from clearing up. She had us go to strict formula feedings for two weeks and I pumped and froze my breast milk that whole time. I can't tell you how much that sucked. I was living my life in three-hour cycles...feeding him, pump, change diapers, repeat.

At his one-month appt on 2/3 we found his bilirubin levels were significantly lower which means the jaundice is clearing up. And most importantly I was told I could breastfeed again!! I was so worried that due to the incompatibility he would have to be formula-fed. So now we're weaning him back onto breast milk so hopefully I can stop pumping in a week or so. The best thing from all of this is that I have totally built up a great frozen stash of my milk. That will come in handy for all of his sleepovers at my parents' house or when I'm out and Ed feeds him. Just keep your fingers crossed that he doesn't turn "yellow" again the jaundice stays away!!

Here he is all dressed up in the Eagles gear his Uncle Ray & Aunt Annie sent him!

6 comments:

Patty Wood said...

Yeah for no more pumping. EJ, you are quite the charmer in your Eagles gear. He looks so content Maria. Good job.

Kristin (kekis) said...

That's great! I hope the transition goes well. He looks so sweet. Too bad he has to wear that terrible Eagles stuff though. Doesn't he have a penis hat instead? ;)

Katie said...

I hope the formula feeding does the trick and he is able to get back to breast feeding easily. He is too precious

Malloryn said...

He is such a cutie! I love the Eagles gear too :) I hope everything goes well with the transition back to breast milk.

Lisa said...

he looks awesome! I hope the feeding goes well!

Just a girl in the south said...

Congrats Maria! He is adorable! I'm so happy for you. :)