If my baby has jaundice, should I continue breastfeeding?

If my baby has jaundice, should I continue breastfeeding?

Newborn jaundice is the yellow discoloration in the skin and eyes of newborn babies in the first month. It is caused by increased levels of a pigment called bilirubin in the blood. Most cases of newborn jaundice are physiological where the jaundice will disappear without treatment in 1 to 2 weeks. Bilirubin, after processing in the liver, it will be excreted in the faeces and urine. If your baby is getting enough breastmilk, the laxatives effect of breastmilk, will alleviate newborn jaundice. If your baby have jaundice or requires phototherapy, you should still continue breastfeeding exclusively. Although some breastfed babies may have mild prolonged jaundice, as long as your baby is eating and growing well, the jaundice will gradually subside itself and will not affect your baby’s health. If you have any question, consult healthcare professionals for advice.