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.
- Fever or flu-like symptoms
- 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.
SEE YOUR DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY IF:
- 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.