Breast Milk Jaundice in Preterm infants

L. Sirota, M. Nussinovitch, J. Landman, F. Dulitzky

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A retrospective study was performed comparing bilirubin levels in 40 preterm newborns with uncomplicated courses fed a combination of premature breast milk and formula to those of 60 comparable preterm newborns fed formula only. A significantly higher bilirubin level was noted in the group fed the combined diet on the 6th day of life and on the day of discharge. Seventy-six and seven tenths percent of the preterm infants fed breast milk and formula met the criteria for phototherapy, whereas only 45 percent were treated in the group fed formula alone. Our findings indicate that premature breast milk might cause early and late increase in bilirubin levels in healthy preterm newborns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-197
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1988
Externally publishedYes


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