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Doctor insights on: Antibiotics For Mastitis In Breastfeeding Women

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I'm done breastfeeding but I was put on antibiotics for mastitis. Do I still need to pump or can I just let my milk dry up without having to pump?

I'm done breastfeeding but I was put on antibiotics for mastitis. Do I still need to pump or can I just let my milk dry up without having to pump?

Can let dry: If you are done breastfeeding, then you can put on some sports bras to help with the engorgement following cessation of breastfeeding. Ibuprofen can help with pain from engorgement as well. But if you're on the antibiotics, you don't have to pump the infection out, if that's what your question is. The infection should heal with the antibiotics. Compresses can help too. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Is breastfeeding women to have recurring mastitis?

Is breastfeeding women to have recurring mastitis?

Possible: Mastitis or breast infection is common in women who breastfeed but can also happen in women who are not breastfeeding. If an infection has not been adequately treated, it is possible for it the recur, even years later. ...Read more

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Can you have mastitis if you are breastfeeding?

Can you have mastitis if you are  breastfeeding?

Yes: The most common time to develop mastitis is while breast feeding. Antibiotics may be necessary. It is important to keep breast feeding or 'pumping', this will help. ...Read more

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Hi. I am breastfeeding . I had needle biopsy for 2 lumps in my breast. They were benign but after biopsy I had mastitis. Is this normal? Thank you

Hi. I am breastfeeding . I had needle biopsy for 2 lumps in my breast. They were benign but after biopsy I had mastitis. Is this normal? Thank you

There is a slight: chance of infection following breast needle biopsies(and any procedure puncturing the skin), probably less than 1%. It is a known complication, it is not "normal", but unfortunately it occasionally occurs. ...Read more

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Has anyone had mastitis when breastfeeding?

Has anyone had mastitis when breastfeeding?

Yes!: Mastitis, an infection of the breast, has symptoms of body aches, fever, and redness of the breast. It is common in women who have too much milk, skip feedings, have clogged ducts, cracked nipples, or are not getting enough rest. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get mastitis while not breastfeeding?

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). ...Read more

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If i don't breastfeed then does that mean i will get mastitis? How do I stop the milk flow if I am not breastfeeding?

No mastitis: You will not necessarily get mastitis but are likely to experience engorgement which can be painful. Keep your breasts bound by a well fitting support bra, consider using cabbage leaves inside the bra to help dry out the milk supply (strange but true) and avoid any stimulation to the breasts like warm water or sexual stimulation while trying to get the milk to go away. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding my fourth child and i keep getting mastitis. I have breastfed all of my children and never had this before. What is causing this?

I am breastfeeding my fourth child and i keep getting mastitis. I have breastfed all of my children and never had this before. What is causing this?

I do not know: That is unfortunate for you. At times, we can never tell why things happen. We can do all in our power to try and prevent it though. Make sure your breasts and nipples stay clean as does your infants mouth, and that will decrease any issues. If you pump, make sure the pump is cleaned regularly. And don't let your breasts get too engorged so pumping may actually be required. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Tender Swollen Lump In Breast (Definition)

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