Mastitis

Mastitis is a breast infection that is results in pain, puffiness (swelling), redness, and warmth of the breast. Germs cause mastitis and can enter the skin through:

  • Breastfeeding.

  • Nipple piercing.

  • Cracks in the skin of the breast.

HOME CARE

  • Take all medicine as told by your doctor. An antibiotic medicine to kill the infection may be prescribed.

  • Keep your nipples clean and dry if you breastfeed. You may have you stop breastfeeding until the breast infection has gone away.

  • Do not use one breast to nurse your baby. Switch breasts when you breastfeed. Use different positions to breastfeed.

  • Avoid letting your breasts get overly filled with milk (engorged). Use a breast pump to empty your breasts.

  • Do not wear tight-fitting bras. Wear a good support bra.

  • A breastfeeding specialist (lactation consultant) can give you helpful tips on breastfeeding.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your breast starts leaking a yellow or tan fluid.

  • The pain, puffiness, or redness in your breast gets worse.

  • You have a fever.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.