Prolonged jaundice in newborns is associated with low antioxidant capacity in breast milk

Uras N., Tonbul A., KARADAĞ A. , Dogan D. G. , Erel O., Tatli M. M.

SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL & LABORATORY INVESTIGATION, cilt.70, ss.433-437, 2010 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 70 Konu: 6
  • Basım Tarihi: 2010
  • Doi Numarası: 10.3109/00365513.2010.506556
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.433-437


In breastfeeding newborns who are otherwise healthy, the mechanism of prolonged jaundice remains unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate relations between prolonged jaundice and oxidative parameters in breast milk. Full-term, otherwise healthy newborns with jaundice lasting more than 2 weeks were enrolled prospectively in the study. As a control group, newborns in the same age group but without prolonged jaundice were selected. All newborns in the study were exclusively breastfed. In the newborns with prolonged jaundice, investigations of the etiology of the jaundice included complete blood count, peripheral blood smear, blood typing, direct Coombs test, measurement of serum levels of total and direct bilirubin, tests for liver and thyroid function (TSH, free T4, total T4), urine culture and measurement of urine reducing substances, and determination of glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase enzyme levels. Breast milk was collected from the mothers of the newborns in both groups. The antioxidant status of the breast milk was assessed via determination of total antioxidant capacity (TAG). Oxidative stress was also assessed in breast milk by measurement of total oxidation status (TOS) and calculation of the oxidative stress index (OSI). The prolonged jaundice group differed significantly from the control group in terms of mean TAG and OSI (p < 0.001), but not in terms of TOS. In conclusion, in the breast milk of mothers of newborns with prolonged jaundice, oxidative stress was found to be increased, and protective antioxidant capacity was found to be decreased.