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The Pediatric Forum
June 1999

Formula for Jaundiced Breast-fed Infants

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1999;153(6):657-658. doi:

Tan's conclusion that "The addition of formula to the feedings for totally breast-fed infants, without the suspension of breast-feeding, would enhance the efficacy of phototherapy and reduce exposure time"1 may be true, but it would also reduce breast-feeding rates. In the United Kingdom, 32% of babies given bottles in the first week of breast-feeding stopped breast-feeding within 2 weeks, compared with only 9% of those who had no bottles.2