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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.

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.

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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.

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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? I'm 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? I'm 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.

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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.

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How long i'd have to use the bainder in my breast so I don't get infection, mastitis, hard and swollen breast after a c-section, I can't breastfeed.

How long i'd have to use the bainder in my breast so I don't get infection, mastitis, hard and swollen breast after a c-section, I can't breastfeed.

Only a few days: You don't have to use it and you are still likely to get engorged, but the binder will be somewhat helpful. Your breasts will be most uncomfortable for about a day. So long as you don't try to empty them, they will then start to go back to normal and the binder will no longer be necessary.

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Mastitis breast infection help needed--what do I do besides warm packs?

Mastitis breast infection help needed--what do I do besides warm packs?

See your doctor: You should be evaluated by a breast specialist and may need a needle or surgical drainage of the area. This can be a long term problem and may require antibiotics.

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How to dry breast milk I have mastitis and I decided to stop breastfeeding I need something to dry breast milk

How to dry breast milk I have mastitis and I decided to stop breastfeeding I need something to dry breast milk

Will stop: Once you stop breastfeeding, milk production will stop on its own. If you have mastitis, I recommend you pump to keep the ducts open and help clear the infection. Speak with your gynecologist or find a breast surgeon to help you.

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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.

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I've still got pus coming out of breast infection. What do I do?

Get medical: Assessment promptly if your breast is infected.

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I have a breast infection and had drainage and breast incision done today, what to do?

I have a breast infection and had drainage and breast incision done today, what to do?

Breast infection: Follow the doctors instructions. Complete antibiotic therapy if given. Change dressings as recommended. Keep any follow up appointments. See what the results of the cultures showed and that the antibiotics covered those bacteria.

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What can I use for yeast infection on breast and I'm breastfeeding?

What can I use for yeast infection on breast and I'm breastfeeding?

Yeast infection: You can use Nystatin cream safely but most important wash your breasts with soap and water before and after feeding in addition have your infant checked to make sure he isn't infected.

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Is breast infection common?

Yes: Infections of the breasts can occur for many reasons but are most common with breastfeeding. Without breastfeeding, infections of the skin surrounding the breast and also the nipple can occur. Appropriate treatment is wise as any breast changes should be closely monitored.

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What's done for a breast infection?

What's done for a breast infection?

ABX +/- Drainage: Mastitis is usually secondary to normal skin bacteria entering the milk ducts, leading to an infection; this is most common when breastfeeding. A short course of antibiotics will usually clear-up the infection; however, if a collection of pus is present (abscess), this requires drainage. Drainage is best done via repeated aspirations; if unsuccessful, surgical drainage (i and d) may be necessary.

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What are symptoms of breast infection?

What are symptoms of breast infection?

Breast infection: Signs and symptoms of breast infection include redness, tenderness, discharge, and swelling. Because these symptoms can also be seen in inflammatory breast cancer, it is important to check with your doctor. Treatment may include antibiotics, warm soaks, or surgical drainage.

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What are the possible outcomes of a breast infection?

Varied: It depends on the site and source3 of the infection. If treated properly the outcome should be good.

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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. Abraham Jaskiel
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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