What is mastitis?
Mastitis is an inflammatory condition of the breast, which may or may not be associated with an infection. Commonly mastitis occurs when the supply of milk exceeds the demand and becomes backed up in the breast. It may create breast milk leakage outside of the duct into the surrounding tissue, triggering an inflammatory response. This inflammation is a healing reaction from your body tissue and can result in pain, redness, swelling and difficulty feeding. Flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches and fatigue are not uncommon and are part of the recovery process. In some cases, treatment with antibiotics may be required. Immediate treatment is important. Our physiotherapists can assist you in deciding on the most appropriate treatment for your concerns.
You may experience all or some of these symptoms:
aches and pains
Blocked ducts symptoms
The most common symptom of blocked ducts is a red, tender, and enlarged lump on the breast. A painful lump usually indicates a blocked milk duct.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, we advise that you see either a women’s health physiotherapist or your doctor as soon as possible. Learning to manage your symptoms is important in helping you recover and continue the breastfeeding journey. There’s no evidence of risk to the health of your baby when continuing breastfeeding with mastitis.
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