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A female asked:

why do i keep getting mastitis this is the 2nd time in 7 months. no i don't breastfeed. and didnt have the opportunity to do so.

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Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Mastitis: While more common in breast feeding women, it does occur in non lactating women as well. Its usually comes from a nipple duct and travels up into the breast. It may be from excessive nipple play, poorly fitted bras or incomplete treatment of your mastitis leading to chronic colonization of the duct.

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A 26-year-old member asked:

Can you breastfeed along with mastitis?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Absolutely: Yes, continuing to breastfeed is very helpful in mastitis. The stagnation of milk within the breast provides the food/substrate for the bacteria to cause the mastitis. Regular flow prevents this and helps to resolve the mastitis. Breastfeeding is the best means of emptying the breast of milk (better than pumping). Working with a lactation consultant is highly recommended.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you have mastitis if you are breastfeeding?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Actually, that's when mastitis is most common. Normal skin bacteria can enter into your milk ducts from the nipple and cause mastitis.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get mastitis while not breastfeeding?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Dariush Vaziri
Breast Surgery 47 years experience
Yes: Mastitis is related to infection or inflammation of the breast. During nursing it is usually secondary to an infection. However you may get breast infection due to other causes other than nursing. In addition breast secretion within the glands and ducts is also irritant to the breast parenchyma and can cause mastitis if it gets out of the ducts into the breast tissue (chemical mastitis).

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