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I've had a double breast infection for two weeks now. Keep breastfeeding?

I've had a double breast infection for two weeks now. Keep breastfeeding?

Yes: Make plans to be evaluated, concurrently. You may need antibiotics. In which case, your doctor will advise you how to proceed with breast feeding. ...Read more

Dr. Dhaval Shah
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Breast Infection (Definition)

Breast infection, also known as mastitis, indicates inflammation of breast tissue or overlying skin. Most commonly mastitis is caused by bacteria which has entered the breast tissue through a break or crack in the skin, often near the nipple, resulting in swelling and tenderness. Most often mastitis is associated with breastfeeding or physical injury to the breast and ...Read more


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I have a breast infection and its very painful. I want to keep breastfeeding. How can I do that?

I have a breast infection and its very painful. I want to keep breastfeeding. How can I do that?

Traubling problem: Formation of breast abscesses is a troubling problem , milk cysts ( small collection of milk in the breast tissue will infected ) some times may need antibiotics, and drainage of abscess, during this period may not able to feed. Warm compresses will help. ...Read more

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How long does a breast infection take to completely fade. I was diagnosed towards the end of breastfeeding. The infection was large initially.

How long does a breast infection take to completely fade. I was diagnosed towards the end of breastfeeding. The infection was large initially.

It depends: Breast feeding moms can developed mastitis from plugged milk duct. This can be treated with warm compresses and anti-inflammatory. However if it persists/developes abscess,antibiotics is usually prescribed. I am not sure exactly what you mean by breast infection. Call your doctor or present for in office physical to be checked out. There are cases of pregnancy associated breast cancer. ...Read more

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Right breast pain, worse over the last few days, no breastfeeding, have had breast infection before, can I get another one? Im 32, have had hysterectomy, could it be cancer?

Right breast pain, worse over the last few days, no breastfeeding, have had breast infection before, can I get another one? Im 32, have had hysterectomy, could it be cancer?

Fairly common: Best option to start with OB or primary doc. Yes, you can get breast abscesses not related to breast feeding. Cysts are also very common. Many women can have perfectly normal mammogram/ultrasound and have pain. Should have those 2 tests, to make sure all is well. Cancer, though unlikely, is a possibility, and is usually detectable with those screening tests. ...Read more

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Breast infection - breast feeding so internist not involved? Who do I see?

Breast infection - breast feeding so internist not involved? Who do I see?

Breast infection and: It is perfectly safe to breastfeed when you have a breast infection. If you have a breast abscess you should pump and dump the milk from the breast with abscess. Breast infections are generally treated with oral antibiotics like amoxicilline. As a pediatrician interested to take care of mother-babies and operating a breastfeeding medicine clinic, we see both moms and babies and manage them. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a breast infection?

How do I know if I have a breast infection?

Pain, redness, fever: Generally, a significant breast infection (mastitis) may cause sharp, shooting pains- especially when the baby is nursing. In addition, you may experience flu-like symptoms with body aches, fever, or red hot spots on the breast. A minor breast infection may show up with less irritation, redness, itching, or scaling. If in doubt, it is wise to contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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