Kernicterus pp 115-120 | Cite as

Breast Milk Jaundice

  • David W. McCandless
Part of the Contemporary Clinical Neuroscience book series (CCNE)


The occurrence of breast milk jaundice, or an exaggerated hyperbilirubinemia associated with breast milk, was first described by Arias and colleagues in 1963 (Arias, I., et al. 1963a, b, 1964a, b). The suggestion was made that the hyperbilirubinemia was a result of the presence of the steroid pregnane-3-20-diol in breast milk which acted to inhibit glucuronyl transferase, the bilirubin-conjugating enzyme.


Breast Milk Bilirubin Level Newborn Infant Breast Feeding Serum Bilirubin Level 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cell Biology & AnatomyRosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science, Chicago Medical SchoolNorth ChicagoUSA

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