Does breast milk make jaundice?

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Does breast milk make jaundice? however, there are two reasons for the jaundice seen in breast-fed infants. From the Department of Child Health and Diseases (Neonatology) Dr. Tuğba Gürsoy explains these reasons for you:

The mother’s inadequate milk production or the baby’s not absorbing the baby as a result of the baby is not enough breast milk is seen due to. These babies lose excess weight and blood bilirubin levels rise. In this case, to increase the amount of milk, you should feed your baby as often as you like and ensure that your baby’s breast is fully understood during feeding.
Breast milk jaundice may be seen in newborn babies due to inadequate liver and intestines. It is usually seen after the first week of life, reaching its highest levels in the second week and then disappearing in weeks. Blood bilirubin levels rarely occur to require treatment.

Breastfeeding should be discontinued if breast milk is jaundiced in infants?
You should not stop breastfeeding your baby even if your baby has had jaundice; on the contrary, you should continue to breastfeed at frequent intervals. Make sure your baby is well fed and weight gain. You can get support for breastfeeding your baby. You can request breastfeeding counseling from the health personnel of your hospital.

How is Jaundice treated?
The most common treatment modality for jaundice is light therapy (phototherapy). The blue light that breaks down the bilirubin and releases it from the body is applied to the baby’s skin. Babies are naked under the light only with a cloth. The baby’s eyes are closed with specially produced tapes so that they are not damaged. Phototherapy is successful in most babies and no other treatment is required. Phototherapy is stopped when the baby’s level of bilirubin in the blood drops to safe levels. Phototherapy is a safe treatment method, with little side effects. May cause diarrhea or skin rash.

Blood exchange is applied in emergencies such as blood group incompatibility, where the level of bilirubin increases to dangerous levels and should therefore be rapidly discarded. The bilirubin-rich blood of the baby is taken, instead of the blood from the blood bank is given.

What can be done to prevent the development of severe jaundice in infants?
Various measures can be taken to prevent the development of serious jaundice in infants:

The amount of bilirubin is measured before the postpartum baby is discharged from the hospital and the control is adjusted according to this result.
Family members are given training on how to follow the baby’s jaundice at home and signals of danger. Considering the increased jaundice, the hospital is immediately referred to.
In the babies who need treatment, treatment is started as soon as possible.

Click on the link to get detailed information about the Department of Pediatrics at Koç University Hospital.

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