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Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast that occurs most
commonly in breast-feeding women; it can be related to tissue injury,
infection, or both. Breast-feeding mastitis is typically caused by bacteria
that enter the breast through a cracked or sore nipple.
infection may include:
Treatment usually involves antibiotic medicines, keeping
up milk flow, and measures to relieve discomfort. While they are being treated,
most women can safely continue to breast-feed or pump breast milk.
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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