What is Breastmilk Jaundice?
It is the late onset of jaundice. This type of Jaundice gets worse between days 6 and 14 after birth in breastfed babies. This is normal and common and may last up to week 12 after birth.
Why does this Occur in Breastfed Babies?
Should Mom Stop Breastfeeding?
If breast milk has been identified as the cause of Jaundice, phototherapy treatment should be used while Mom continues to breastfeed.
Temporarily stopping breastfeeding does not help and may actually
disrupt the breastfeeding relationship. Giving baby anything other than
breast milk can change baby’s gut PH level as well as make the risk of
developing allergies much higher. Read more on the immunity that breast
Tracy Behr, CBC, CLD (CBI)
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