Help for a friend: newborn blood sugar

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KittyRN's picture
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Help for a friend: newborn blood sugar

Hi ladies
My friend who just had the baby is told she cant go home because her son's blood sugar is low. Anyone have experience with this. Apparently the nurse doesnt even know what to do. Nice! :confused:

From what I've read it's normal to drop then rise again, and since he's full term, healthy, normal weight, it shouldnt have even been tested because it's deceiving. I just hope they dont force formula on her as she is trying breastfeeding. She says he's breastfed alot and she does have colostrum leaking out.

I told her it probably acutally isnt even an issue and they made it one by doing an unnecessary blood test.

Poor thing just wants to go home!!!!

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Ugh. DS's hospital told DH (I was in recovery without a clue) that DS's blood sugar was low and he had to have formula. Apparently DH had a good laugh as DS spit it alllll up over her. They asked to retest him before we left and I refused. He was obviously fine.
Just remind her that she can always refuse these things or at least ask for specific numbers for her to inform herself. If the nurse doesn't know what to do, then she needs a new nurse that isn't dumb. Blum 3 They don't need to do anything other than BF and it should go to normal within a few days.
Poor thing! More than likely unnecessary stress!

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Yeah I would ask why they tested in the first place.. full term..healthy weight..etc.. baby should regulate on its own. In my hospital stay if a nurse ever said she didn't know I would tell her to find someone who did.

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It's a non-issue IMO. It could just be low because baby hadn't nursed in a bit and, as you said, it's normal for it to drop and deceiving. Stupid. I don't know how or when the medical community got so uppity with all this crap. And when you let them know that you are informed you get comments like "Well, you can read anything online." GRRRR!

I would tell her to refuse the test and demand to be released.

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is she in your city or my citys hospital? it probably doesn't matter, but my city they make you give them formula....my roomates baby had low blood sugar and they had to give it to him. is that when they prick their heel? i would be concerned that the nurse doesn't know what to do...

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Uh, WHAT? That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard...reason #129823682734563014895723046 I'm super scared of giving birth in a hospital...

I fifth or sixth the recommendation to refuse/demand to be released.

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With my GD Clara was tested after birth. She didn't have any problems but they did say if she was low it wouldn't really mean much unless she never came back up on her own. They said they'd just have to see it back up before we left, no FORMULA though, I asked specifically about that. They said the bf'ing would have just as much to offer to fend off the low blood sugar as the formula and obviously more other benefits.

Think about how much sweet breastmilk is, geesh, idiots!!!

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i think they force the formula for low blood sugar and jaundice because your milk isn't fully in yet, and can't do the "proper job":rolleyes: Really, how is it supposed to though if you are replacing bm with formula and not giving it a chance??

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Hey ladies! Last I talked to her they were testing him again to see if it came up before doing anything. This was late last night so I'm not sure what happened after that. It's so stupid all the unnecessary things they do. She told me that the only reason they did his blood sugar was because she had a temp during her labour. Which is also stupid because I'm pretty sure most people get a temp at some point from the stress on your body.

Hopefully she's home today at the latest. Her little guy sounds like he's doing awesome and she is really picking up on the breastfeeding. She FF her first because her husband (ex) was very unsupportive. But her new husband is the nicest guy in the world so she has so much support! I'm excited for her to like bfing!!! Biggrin

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Hopefully she does get to come home today. And yeah, if the nurse said she didn't know then I would be the first to tell her she didn't need to be telling me what to feed my baby. Wow.

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I'm sure the little guy is fine! I don't understand the correlation between a temp in the mother and low blood sugar in the infant. If mom had GD, sure, but in a healthy, full term infant? Probably just a false low because it had been a while since he'd eaten.

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"janijanis" wrote:

i think they force the formula for low blood sugar and jaundice because your milk isn't fully in yet, and can't do the "proper job":rolleyes: Really, how is it supposed to though if you are replacing bm with formula and not giving it a chance??

From what I've heard though colostrum is also very sweet. I've never tasted it but I do know it's as sticky as bm so I'd assume that to be true. Either way, you're totally right!

If they'd just leave well enough alone in most circumstances they'd avoid so many man made problems :roll:

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I read somewhere that babies tend to have a low blood sugar reading after birth when mom hasn't eaten in a long time. Probably why Aiden's read low - I hadn't been allowed to eat or drink anything in well over 24 hours! Maybe that was her issue too.

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I thought I updated this, but I guess not. THey checked him twice through the night and his sugars were fine so they went home first thing this morning and he received no supplements! YAY! I'm going to see him tomorrow!! YAAYAYAYAY!!!

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Awesome!!! I'm so glad that they didn't force formula on him. Where did the medical community get the idea that formula is the answer to things like low blood sugar or jaundice! So annoying.

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"AnnaRO" wrote:

Awesome!!! I'm so glad that they didn't force formula on him. Where did the medical community get the idea that formula is the answer to things like low blood sugar or jaundice! So annoying.

SERIOUSLY.

That is awesome news! Yay for healthy baby!!!!

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that's great news!! I agree totally Anna!

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"AnnaRO" wrote:

Awesome!!! I'm so glad that they didn't force formula on him. Where did the medical community get the idea that formula is the answer to things like low blood sugar or jaundice! So annoying.

Totally.

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

I read somewhere that babies tend to have a low blood sugar reading after birth when mom hasn't eaten in a long time. Probably why Aiden's read low - I hadn't been allowed to eat or drink anything in well over 24 hours! Maybe that was her issue too.

Makes absolute sense.