- Breast tenderness or warmth to the touch
- Breast swelling
- Thickening of breast tissue, or a breast lump
- Pain while breast-feeding
- Skin redness
- Generally feeling ill
- Fever of 38.3 C or greater
Causes of Mastitis
- Trapped milk in the breast.
- A blocked milk duct.
- Bacteria entering the breast.
- Previous mastitis occurrence
- Sore or cracked nipples
- Anything restricting milk flow e.g wearing a tightfitting bra or putting pressure on your breast when using a seat belt
- Improper nursing technique
- Becoming overly tired or stressed
- Poor nutrition
Treatment of Mastitis
- Use of Antibiotics
- Pain relievers
- Proper latching: this might be difficult when your breast is engorged, express a small amount of milk by hand before breastfeeding.
- Breast shouldn’t be overfilled for a long period
- Ensure to drain breast while breast feeding. Applying a warm and moist heat to the breast before breastfeeding usually helps.
- Breastfeed on the affected side first, when your infant is hungrier and sucking more strongly.