Wednesday, June 9, 2010

What is Mastitis, How Do You Know if You Have it?

What is it?
  • Mastitis is inflammation of one or both breasts. It usually occurs in only one.
  • Mastitis is pretty common among women who are breastfeeding.
  • The best thing to do is to call your OB doctor.
  • Mastitis occurs when a milk duct becomes blocked, or the skin around the nipple becomes cracked. Both scenarios allow bacteria to enter, leaving the breast tissue infected.
  • Both of these situations allow bacteria to enter and infect the breast tissue.
Some of the Risk Factors are:
  • Skipping breastfeeding, pumping helps with this
  • Wearing anything on top that is too tight
  • Too much pressure on the breasts caused by sleeping on your stomach, holding the breast too tight while feeding and doing active things without a supportive bra
  • Yeast infection in the breast
  • Previous mastitis
  • Abrasion or cracking of the breast nipple
  • Wearing a bra or clothing that is too tight
  • A yeast infection in the breast
  • Sudden weaning, weaning slowly can prevent this
*There are other risk factors, these are just common ones.

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