Infant feeding and early neonatal jaundice
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- Narayanan, I., Gupta, A., Mandal, R.N. et al. Indian J Pediatr (1987) 54: 257. doi:10.1007/BF02750820
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The feeding patterns and third day serum bilirubin levels were evaluated in 30 newborn infants receiving formula feeds in the neonatal special care unit and in 30 breastfed babies. Initiation of milk feeds were delayed in breast-fed babies and the frequency of feeding was significantly lower than in the formula-fed infants. Supplementary water was given only in the breast-fed group. Serum bilirubin levels were significantly higher in breast-fed infants (9·74±3·17 ml/dl) than those on formula (6·59±3·50 mg/dl), t=3·69, p<0·001). There appeared to be no influence of supplementation with water.