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Mastitis is inflammation of the breast tissue that sometimes leads to infection. Inflammation causes chest pain, swelling, heat, and redness. You could also have a fever and chills.
- Mastitis most commonly affects women who are breastfeeding (lactation mastitis). However, mastitis can occur in women who are not breastfeeding and in men.
- Lactational mastitis can make you feel exhausted and it can be difficult to take care of your baby. Sometimes mastitis causes a mother to wean her baby before she intends to. However, it is better for you and your baby to continue breastfeeding even if you are taking an antibiotic to treat mastitis.Mastitis Treatment Hyderabad
The signs and symptoms of mastitis can come on suddenly. They can include:
- Chest tenderness or warmth to the touch
- Swelling of the chest
- Thickening of breast tissue or breast mass
- Pain or burning sensation continuously or while breastfeeding
- Reddening of the skin, often wedge-shaped
- Generally feeling sick
- A fever of 38.3 ° C or higher
The main cause of mastitis is milk that is trapped in the breast. Other causes are:Mastitis Treatment Hyderabad
- A blocked milk duct. If a breast does not empty completely during feeding, one of your milk ducts can become blocked. The blockage causes the milk to flow back and a breast infection occurs.
- Bacteria invading your chest. Bacteria from the surface of your skin and your baby’s mouth can enter the milk ducts through a crack in the skin of your nipple or through a milk duct opening. Standing milk in an unsolved breast is fertile soil for bacteria.
Risk factors for mastitis are:Mastitis Treatment Hyderabad
- Previous episode of mastitis while breastfeeding
- Sore or cracked nipples – although mastitis can develop without damaging the skin
- Wear a well-fitting bra or put pressure on your chest when using a seat belt or carrying a heavy bag, which can restrict milk flow
- Bad maintenance technique
- Too tired or stressed out
- Poor diet
To get the most out of your breastfeeding relationship with your baby and avoid complications such as mastitis, you should meet with a lactation consultant. A lactation consultant can give you great tips and advice on good breastfeeding techniques.
- Minimize your chances of getting mastitis by following these tips:
- Completely empty the milk from your breasts while breastfeeding.
Let your baby empty one breast completely before switching to the other while breastfeeding.
Change the position you breastfeed from one feed to the next.
Make sure your baby clicks into place well while feeding.
If you smoke, ask your doctor to stop smoking.Mastitis Treatment Hyderabad