Mastitis usually happens in nursing mothers when
bacteria enter the breast through a cracked or sore nipple. This can cause an
infection. Mastitis usually starts as a painful area in one breast. It may be
red or warm to the touch, or both. Fever, chills, and body aches usually
Good breastfeeding techniques can help prevent sore and cracked
nipples that may lead to mastitis.
Other tips to help prevent mastitis include the following:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofMarch 16, 2017
Current as of:
March 16, 2017
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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