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Breast Infection (cont.)

Breast Infection Prevention

Sometimes mastitis is unavoidable. Some women are more susceptible than others, especially those who are breastfeeding for the first time. In general, good habits to prevent mastitis include the following:

  • Breastfeed equally from both breasts.
  • Empty breasts completely to prevent engorgement and blocked ducts.
  • Use good breastfeeding techniques to prevent sore, cracked nipples.
  • Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids.
  • Practice careful hygiene: Handwashing, cleaning the nipples, keeping your baby clean.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/6/2014

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