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Doctor insights on: Mastitis In Non Breastfeeding Women

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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

Dr. Warren Foster
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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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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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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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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

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I had a baby about 4 weeks ago, I am breastfeeding him. In the last 3 weeks i've had mastitis 2 times. What are ways to prevent it?

Feeding: Frequent feeding and expressing milk can help. Drink alot of water as this may help to keep your milk supply flowing and to prevent clogged ducts however, some women are prone to recurrent mastitis. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding my three day old. My breasts are very full and she does not fully empty them. Is that okay or will I develop mastitis?

Breastfeeding my three day old. My breasts are very full and she does not fully empty them. Is that okay or will I develop mastitis?

Breast feeding ?: There is one major cause and that would be how well she is latching. If she is not on so that most of the arola is covered and just on the nipple itself, she will not get the milk out as she needs and you will get very sore. If you are so full she can't latch, try expressing some milk in advance to soften the area to make it easier for her to get on well. Lactation consult is a great help too. ...Read more

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Could one have mastitis even if you're not pregnant or breastfeeding?

Could one have mastitis even if you're not pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: Yes although it wouldn't be terribly common. If you have redness, heat, swelling, burning - any of the above see a doctor and get checked. ...Read more

Dr. Greg Pahnke
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Tender Swollen Lump In Breast (Definition)

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