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Acta Paediatr Scand. 1982 Sep;71(5):759-61.

Supplementary feeding and jaundice in newborns.


In a survey it was found that the majority of full-term breast fed infants receive supplementary feeds of water, dextrose solution or infant formula during the first few days of life. Breast fed babies receiving water or dextrose supplements had higher plasma bilirubins on the sixth day of life than bottle fed infants. Supplementation with water or dextrose did not reduce the hyperbilirubinaemia of term, breast fed infants. Since it may prejudice the establishment of breast feeding, we suggest that the practice is abandoned.

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