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Can mastitis go untreated?

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Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

I can't imagine not treating mastitis.
.. It makes you feel awful! frequent breastfeeding and antibiotics can help you feel better. Feeling better helps you take care of baby better, and improves the odds that you will continue to breastfeed, which is so good for both you and baby!

In brief: No

I can't imagine not treating mastitis.
.. It makes you feel awful! frequent breastfeeding and antibiotics can help you feel better. Feeling better helps you take care of baby better, and improves the odds that you will continue to breastfeed, which is so good for both you and baby!
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Mastitis as most women know it (decreased milk output, swollen/tender breast, fever and aches) probably cannot go untreated or else a breast abscess may form. Very early "mastitis" that has slight symptoms such as mild firmness in an area of the breast, and a mild decrease in milk output, may resolve with breastfeeding, pumping, and massage to get the milk out of the affected area.

In brief: No

Mastitis as most women know it (decreased milk output, swollen/tender breast, fever and aches) probably cannot go untreated or else a breast abscess may form. Very early "mastitis" that has slight symptoms such as mild firmness in an area of the breast, and a mild decrease in milk output, may resolve with breastfeeding, pumping, and massage to get the milk out of the affected area.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Most mild cases of mastitis will resolve with warm compresses; pain relievers; continued nursing and pumping on the affected side to help release clogged ducts; and tincture of time.
However, if one is moderately or severely ill, or if things are not getting better over the course of 2 or more days, treatment with antibiotics may be necessary. See your doctor if have any questions.

In brief: Yes

Most mild cases of mastitis will resolve with warm compresses; pain relievers; continued nursing and pumping on the affected side to help release clogged ducts; and tincture of time.
However, if one is moderately or severely ill, or if things are not getting better over the course of 2 or more days, treatment with antibiotics may be necessary. See your doctor if have any questions.
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
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