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Title: Breastfeeding and Readmission for Hyperbilirubinemia in Late Preterm and Term Infants in Beirut, Lebanon
Authors: Hanin, El Arab
Rayan, Hojeij
Hani, Tamim
Taleb, Jammal
Dany, Al Hamod
Lama, Charafeddine
Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine 
Keywords: Breastfeeding frequency
Breastfeeding initiation
Hospital stay
Issue Date: 2022-03-15
Part of: Indian Pediatrics
Volume: 59
Issue: 3
Start page: 218
End page: 221
Objective: To determine whether exclusive breastfeeding is associated with readmission of jaundiced newborns. Methods: We retrieved medical records of 51 consecutive neonates >35 weeks with jaundice who were readmitted to the hospital, and compared to 164 controls. Data on gender, gestational age, birth weight, mode of delivery, feeding, bilirubin levels and breastfeeding counseling were analyzed. Results: 24% babies were readmitted for hyperbilirubinemia reaching phototherapy level. Early term infants had significantly higher risk for readmission compared to term [OR (95% CI) 2.12 (0.99–4.53); P = 0.05]. The risk of readmission was lower amongst subjects receiving mixed/formula feeding [OR (95% CI) 0.51 (0.26–0.98); P=0.046] odds of readmission decreased for those feeding >8 times per day (OR (95% CI) 0.46 (0.23–0.91); P=0.016], and those who stayed in hospital for more than 2 days after birth [OR (95% CI) 0.95(0.93–0.97); P<0.001]. Conclusions: Ensuring feeding at least 8 times per day and keeping newborns beyond the first 24 hours decreases the chance of readmission.
ISSN: 00196061
DOI: 10.1007/s13312-022-2472-y
Open URL: Link to full text
Type: Journal Article
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