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Breastfeeding Advisor

When jaundice appears

Breastfeeding soon after birth is the key!

It’s common for babies to have yellowish skin during the first week after birth. The baby’s liver is still undeveloped, and this can lead to jaundice. It usually appears 2 or 3 days after birth, and disappears at around 10 days after birth. Medical treatment is necessary only if the jaundice continues for a long time, or if the degree of jaundice is particularly strong. In these cases, be sure to have a doctor examine your baby and prescribe treatment.
Jaundice does not grow worse because of a problem with the breastmilk, and if treatment is necessary, it’s usually possible to do it and to continue breastfeeding. Just be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.

About jaundice

Jaundice is caused by the increase of bilirubin, which is a metabolic product of hemoglobin, a component of erythrocytes. Newborn babies are susceptible to bilirubinemia (jaundice) in the early stages of life because their liver function for bilirubin metabolism is still immature.
Bilirubin has an antioxidative effect that protects the cells of a newborn baby, emerging from a hypoxic uterus, from oxygen toxicity.
Bilirubin is eliminated in the bowel movements, and immediate breastfeeding after delivery stimulates meconium elimination. Begin breastfeeding your baby soon after delivery.


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