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What is breastmilk jaundice?

All babies get jaundiced after birth. Breastfed babies may become more jaundiced than formula-fed babies, for a number of reasons collectively known as breastmilk jaundice. Bilirubin (the molecule responsible for jaundice) is a potent anti-oxidant, and it probably does some good things for the newborn baby. This could explain why there are multiple mechanisms in the breastfed baby that work to increase, rather than decrease, bilirubin levels. These factors lead to the diagnosis of breastmilk jaundice.

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