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Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast that occurs most
commonly in breastfeeding women; it can be related to tissue injury,
infection, or both. Breastfeeding 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 breastfeed or pump breast milk.
Current as of:
March 16, 2017
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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