Jaundice and Breast-Feeding Among Alaskan Eskimo Newborns

Quentin Fisher, Michael I. Cohen, Linda Curda, Helen McNamara

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The course, incidence, and severity of neonatal jaundice was studied in 95 Alaskan Eskimo infants. Breast-fed infants had higher bilirubin concentrations than bottle-fed babies. Both groups experienced high bilirubin levels, similar to those previously reported in Navajo and Oriental infants but greater than those observed in whites and blacks. A marked capacity to inhibit hepatic glucuronyl transferase was observed in breast-milk specimens but only partly accounted for the bilirubin differences between breast-fed and bottle-fed Eskimo infants. These data suggest that in some racial groups predisposed to neonatal jaundice, feeding practices significantly alter the course and severity of hyperbilirubinemia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)859-861
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Diseases of Children
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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