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July 25th, 2006, 12:29 PM
Isaeph's Avatar Jennifer the Momma
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Do you think babies with mild jaundice (as in no photolight therapy needed) should be made to have formula? Ds never got diagnosed with jaundice or anything...but looking at his nb pictures he was pretty yellow. But I see on tv all the time that mildly jaundiced bf'ed babies are given formula to help flush it out...but wouldn't bm work better to flush it out?
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July 25th, 2006, 12:43 PM
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No, babies with jaundice should NOT be made to drink formula - as it only compounds the issue. Recent research has backed this up for the exact reasons that you stated.

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July 25th, 2006, 01:40 PM
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I wouldnt do it. Thankfully my dr is pro breastfeeding and suggested that I keep her near a window while a newborn to prevent jaundice.

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July 25th, 2006, 02:22 PM
Butter's Avatar Heather the Mama Duk
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Of course they shouldn't get formula. They just need to nurse (and poop) and maybe go outside a little while. My boys have both gotten mildly jaundiced and we just nursed and it went away in a few days. My midwife after I had Fritz said not to worry about jaundice. Just nurse. If he became very sleepy and hard to wake up then we'd worry (but still not give formula!).

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July 26th, 2006, 03:00 AM
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Olivia had jaundice and my ped was very PRO breastfeeding. She breastfed all her kids... and she is Active Duty... We had her on a light for a week but I nursed her in the sun in Phoenix... under our back porch... as the sun would rise and fall I nursed her...

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