Jaundice in Newborns
I just saw an expertise page on formula and bilirubin. If you are exclusively breastfeeding, your breast milk will keep more colostrum (that first yellowy milk) in it until your baby gets over the jaundice. Your body can sense when baby is sick and changes your breastmilk to help. Colostrum is a laxative for babes, so they poop more and get it out of their system.
I learned that with my youngest and just wanted to share. With my second they scared me into supplementing with formula and he got so sick and the jaundice just got worse. I listened to a lactation consultant who said to stop supplementing and just nurse, nurse, nurse. Once the formula was out, the jaundice was gone in two days. He battled for two weeks with me supplementing.
I am still on the fence whether doctors and nurses know better, or whether they are clueless and going off textbooks.
The common treatment for jaundice used to be to put them beside a window with nothing but a diaper and let them sun bathe, but with the new windows blocking out the good rays it does no good. Leafy greens ate later on in pregnancy is supposed to help.