Mastitis is an infection in the breast that causes soreness or a lump in the breast. Breast infections that do not improve within 24 hours should be evaluated by your doctor and may need to be treated with medicine.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever or flu-like symptoms
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Breasts feel warm or hot to the touch and appear pink or red

Self-treatment in the 1st 24 hours:

  • Breastfeed or pump the affected side often. This will keep the milk moving freely and your breast from becoming overly full.
  • Massage the area, starting behind the sore spot. Move your fingers in a circular motion and massage toward the nipple.
  • Apply a warm compress to the sore area for a few minutes before breastfeeding.
  • Rest and get extra sleep.
  • Increase fluid intake.
  • Use over the counter pain reliever such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen.
  • Wear a well-fitting supportive bra without an underwire.


  • You have red streaks near the affected area of the breast.
  • Your symptoms came on severely and suddenly.
  • Your symptoms have not improved in 12-24 hours.


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