How is breast milk jaundice different from breastfeeding jaundice?

Updated: Dec 07, 2017
  • Author: Prashant G Deshpande, MD; Chief Editor: Muhammad Aslam, MD  more...
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Breast milk jaundice should be differentiated from breastfeeding jaundice, which manifests in the first 3 days of life, peaks by 5-15 days of life, disappears by week 3 of life, and is caused by insufficient production or intake of breast milk. [4]  In contrast to babies with breast milk jaundice, infants suffering from breastfeeding jaundice generally exhibit mild dehydration and weight loss in the first few days of life. [5]


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