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Breastmilk Jaundice

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Jaundice


Jaundice is a strange thing. It is a health condition parents should take seriously, but cosmetically speaking — it can make your newborn look he has been basking on the beach. Visitors commented on my son saying, "He has your skin! He's so TAN!" I knew he probably wasn't as "tan" as my friends suspected, but I had no idea how pale he was underneath that bilirubin tinged epidermis.

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Initially, doctors recommend periods of sunlight to rid baby of the yellowish colored skin. When that didn't work, my pediatrician insisted one or two bottles of formula a day would push the jaundice out in no time. Unexcited about giving him formula at such an early age, I did as she prescribed. In three days, he went from a Latino looking baby to a fair skinned guero. At his next check up, the doctor said, "He just had breastmilk jaundice. That formula worked like a charm!"

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