Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Breast Feeding And Jaundice




Jaundice is a result of buildup in the blood of the



bilirubin, a yellow pigment that comes from the



breakdown of older red blood cells. It's normal



for the red blood cells to break down, although



the bilirubin formed doesn't normally cause jaundice



because the liver will metabolize it and then get



rid of it in the gut.





However, the newborn baby will often become



jaundiced during the first few days due to the



liver enzyme that metabolizes the bilirubin becoming



relatively immature. Therefore, newborn babies



will have more red blood cells than adults, and



thus more will break down at any given time.





Breast milk jaundice



There is a condition that's commonly referred to



as breast milk jaundice, although no one knows



what actually causes it. In order to diagnose it,



the baby should be at least a week old. The baby



should also be gaining well with breast feeding



alone, having lots of bowel movements with the



passing of clean urine.





In this type of setting, the baby has what is



referred to as breast milk jaundice. On occasion,



infections of the urine or an under functioning



of the baby's thyroid gland, as well as other



rare illnesses that may cause the same types of



problems.





Breast milk jaundice will peak at 10 - 21 days,



although it can last for 2 - 3 months. Contrary



to what you may think, breast milk jaundice is



normal. Rarely, if at all ever, does breast



feeding need to be stopped for even a brief



period of time.





If the baby is doing well on breast milk, there



is no reason at all to stop or supplement with

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