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Breast milk jaundice

  • Alternative Names

    Hyperbilirubinemia - breast-feeding


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

    Signs and tests

    Laboratory tests that may be done include:

    • Bilirubin level (total and direct)
    • Complete blood count
    • Blood smear to look at blood cells
    • Reticulocyte count to look at slightly immature red blood cells
    • Blood typing

    In some cases, a blood test to check for glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) may be done. G6PD is a protein that helps red blood cells work properly.