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What causes neonatal jaundice in breastfed baby?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
22 years experience in Pediatrics
Depends,often normal: Mild jaundice is common & results from the baby's GI system just maturing & being able to excrete bilirubin. This happens when the liver becomes more functional during the first week or so of life. As the baby feeds, bilirubin leaves the body in the stool (hence yellow stools) & urine. If breastmilk is not yet in, more jaundice may occur. In other babies, it can be due to more serious conditions.
Answered on Jul 25, 2019
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