What is Mastitis?
Mastitis is a breast infection due to not emptying the breast of milk, germs gaining entrance to the milk ducts through cracks or fissures in the nipple, and the decrease immunity of the mother due to stress or inadequate nutrition.
The symptoms of a breast infection include severe pain or soreness, hardness of the breast, redness of the breast with heat coming from the area, there may be swelling, or even chills.
The treatment of a breast infection includes bed rest, antibiotics, pain relievers and an increase fluid intake while applying heat to affected area. Many women will stop nursing during this infection, although it is actually the wrong thing to do. By emptying the breast, you will actually help to prevent plugged ducts.
If the pain is so bad you cannot feed, try using a manual pump (hands expression) while lying in a tub of warm water with your breast floating comfortably in the water.
You should always make sure that the Mastitis is treated promptly and completely, or you may risk the chance of getting an abscess. An abscess is very painful, involving throbbing and swelling. If the infection progresses this far, your doctor may prescribe medicine and/or surgery.
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