Due to a very low milk supply, I came dangerously close to starving this poor kid, causing his pediatrican to prescribe the use of a biliblanket to treat his jaundice (his levels were at a 17). Jaundice is the buildup of bilirubin, and if levels get too high babies can experience deafness, delayed development, or even cerebral palsy. Babies who have it will start to look orange and the whites of their eyes will turn yellow. Treatment can look like this when done in the hospital, but we were lucky to treat at home under a little blanket that wraps around his belly, which means no face mask, no leaving him alone in a bed, and holding him while the lights sucked the orange/yellow color out of his system.
Now that we are a bit wiser we will know what to look for with our next baby. Orange skin? Screaming for hours and hours when I’m trying to exclusively breastfeed? It’s likely that baby isn’t getting enough to eat and we need to come up with a new feeding solution.
He is a pretty cute little glow worm though, isn’t he?