The Resident Evil star, 44, revealed on Monday that her 1-week-old baby girl has “bad case of jaundice,” sharing on Instagram that she’s “had to supplement with expressed breast milk” as a result of the diagnosis.
Sharing a photo of her 4½-year-old daughter, Dashiel Edan, bottle-feeding the infant, Jovovich began in a lengthy message, “There’s nothing sweeter than seeing your children loving each other and appreciating their time together. @dashielanderson can’t get enough of ‘her sweet little baby’ and feeds her whenever she can.'”
“I’ve had to supplement with expressed breast milk because Osian has a bad case of jaundice that she hasn’t been able to kick, so we’ve been in and out of the hospital all week and they said the more milk she eats the quicker she’ll get them all out,” she wrote. “But she falls asleep so quickly breastfeeding that we’ve had to do the bottle feedings so she gets as much as possible.”
Jovovich added, “Poor one has so many little scratches on her heels where they’ve taken blood to test her for antibodies, it makes my heart hurt to think about. But hopefully the blood test they did today will show that she’s all better.”
Infant jaundice is a common condition in which a baby’s blood contains an excess of bilirubin, a yellow pigment of red blood cells, according to the Mayo Clinic. It usually occurs when a baby’s liver isn’t mature enough to get rid of bilirubin in the bloodstream.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a way to treat jaundice is through adequate feeding as the process of removing waste also helps to remove bilirubin in the baby’s blood.
On Feb. 3, a day after welcoming her newborn, Jovovich shared details about Osian’s birth — including that daughter Ever had “spilled the beans” the day prior.
“She’s so beautiful! Her hair is lighter than the other girls was and she’s very strong. Her little hands get in the way and they’re hard to control and she’s already lifting her head up to see what’s going on!” the mom of three wrote alongside a series of family photos featuring the new addition.
She added, “She’s our miracle baby and we’re all so grateful to have her and completely obsessed with her!!”