Mastitis. Mastitis usually occurs in breast feeding when a milk duct 'gets clogged' and the are behind it gets sore, warm, red, swollen. The treatment is to stay hydrated and oral antibiotics directed at staph bacteria. Also any 'break' in the skin can cause skin/breast infection (e.g. Piercing, trauma...).
Yes. Breast infections are often associated with milk production, however, it is possible for women to develop infections in the absence of lactation. Risk factors include diabetes and injury to the breast.
Yes. Breast infections can occur for a variety of reasons. Usually the bacteria enter through the nipple. There are also some patient populations more susceptible to breast infections such as diabetics and people who smoke.
Yes. Its known as non-lactional mastitis. You can also be at increased risk of developing this if you are a smoker.
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?
Cancer. Cancer very rarely presents with breast pain. Please see your doctor or gynecologist and have a complete evaluation. Yes, if you have had a breast infection you can get another one. Please be seen and have a complete evaluation which may include a mammogram or an ultrasound. If you have worse pain, fever, or redness, then you will have to go to the er if your doctor can't see you immediately.
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.
I'm weaning my 15 month old. He's down to one feeding at night. Whenever I try to skip the feeding I get very sore. Breast infection?
See your doctor. Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it.