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Mastitis

Signs of Mastitis

Mastitis is an infection in the breast. It happens to many new parents and can clear up quickly with treatment. Mastitis is not a reason to stop breastfeeding. If you think you might have mastitis, you should see your health care provider for treatment within 24 hours. Some things to watch for include:

  • Hot, red, painful area on the breast

  • Muscle aches

  • Headache

  • Fever or chills

  • Fatigue

If you get mastitis, try these tips to feel better.

Preventing Mastitis

You can try to prevent mastitis by:

  • Washing your hands before feeding

  • Ensuring your baby has a good latch

  • Feeding one breast until soft before offering the other breast

  • Gently massaging any plugged ducts or breast lumps (see Plugged Ducts handout)

  • Trying not to miss feedings

  • Getting help if you have sore or cracked nipples

  • Taking care of yourself; rest, drink and eat well

  • Wearing a comfortable, well fitting nursing bra

  • If weaning, doing it slowly


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