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how can i prevent mastitis?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Remove obstruction: Mastitis occurs from a plugged duct, which is often due to anything that hampers milk flow, ie an obstruction. This may be from an ill fitting bra or lack of complete emptying of the breast during a feeding. Diets high in saturated fat and sodium also increase your risk of plugged ducts. So, allow your baby to nurse long enough to soften your breast, wear loose clothing and eat a healthy diet.
Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 23 years experience
Keep pumping: Try to keep the breast milk flowing, either with the baby sucking or pumping. Recurrent mastitis can be common. I recommend consulting with a breast surgeon who can help manage this problem.

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