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Breast milk jaundice cannot be prevented. When the condition occurs and the baby is a yellow color, it is very important to have the baby's bilirubin level checked right away. If the bilirubin level is high, it is important to make sure there are no other medical problems.
You can treat jandice that is caused by not enough breastfeeding by making sure your baby is getting enough breast milk. Give your baby unlimited time at each breast, and feed about 10 to 12 times each day starting the first day of life. Get help from a lactation consultant or your doctor as soon as possible if you have any trouble breastfeeding.
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