What is Infant Jaundice and How is it Treated?

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What is Infant Jaundice and How is it Treated?

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There are several different types of jaundice but the two most common are physiological jaundice and breastfeeding jaundice. Physiological jaundice affects most babies, is mild, and will usually disappear in 1 to 2 weeks. While a common misconception, breastfeeding jaundice is not caused by a mother’s breast milk. This type of jaundice occurs when a breastfeeding baby isn’t getting enough to drink because the milk flow has not come in completely yet or because of difficulties with breastfeeding. Breastfeeding jaundice may take up to 3 to 5 days to appear and typically takes longer to resolve. Remember, breast milk is the best when it comes to newborns and although jaundice may be a concern it is still recommended that mothers breastfeed if possible. While most jaundice will resolve on its own, sometimes an infant will need a helping hand. Luckily, the treatment is painless and typically very effective. Phototherapy is the treatment of choice for dealing with most cases of infant jaundi