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Mastitis

 

Mastitis is a condition causing inflammation of the breast with or without infection, especially in breastfeeding women.

Causes

  • Incomplete emptying of breast while feeding
  • Infection through cracks in nipples
  • Ill fitting bra

Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Heat or warmth
  • Lumpiness
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

Treatment

  • Antibiotics
  • Pain relievers
  • Regular breastfeeding and emptying of the breasts
  • Hot or cold compresses

Prevention

  • Ensure proper latching during breast feeding
  • Ensure correct position while breast feeding
Ensure complete emptying of the breasts.