Breast milk jaundice

Alternative Names

Hyperbilirubinemia – breast-feeding

Definition of Breast milk jaundice

Jaundice is a condition that causes the skin and parts of the eyes to turn a yellow color.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Bilirubin is a yellow pigment that is created as the body gets rid of old red blood cells. The liver helps break down bilirubin so that it can be removed from the body in the stool.


Your child’s skin and whites of the eyes (sclera) will look yellow.

Signs and tests

Laboratory tests that may be done include:


Treatment will depend on:

Expectations (prognosis)

Full recovery is expected with appropriate monitoring and treatment.


Benjamin W. Van Voorhees, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Psychiatry, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Review Provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 5/27/2009

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