Mastitis While Breast-Feeding (cont.)
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Mastitis will not go away without treatment. If you have mastitis symptoms, you may need to call your doctor today. Prompt treatment helps keep infection from rapidly getting worse and usually improves symptoms after about 2 days.
Treatment for mastitis usually includes:
You can safely continue breast-feeding your baby or pumping breast milk to feed your baby during illness and treatment. Your baby is the most efficient pump you have for emptying your breasts. Your breast milk is safe for your baby to drink, because any bacteria in your milk will be destroyed by the baby's digestive juices.
Breast abscess treatment
If you have mastitis because of a blocked duct and you delay treatment, your breast infection may develop into an abscess. Treatment for an abscess includes:
Most women can continue breast-feeding on the affected breast while an abscess heals. With your doctor's approval, you can cover the abscess area with a light gauze dressing while breast-feeding.
If you are advised to stop breast-feeding from the affected breast while an abscess heals, you can continue breast-feeding from the healthy breast. Be sure to pump or express milk from the infected breast regularly.
For more information on pumping or expressing breast milk, see the topic Breast-Feeding.
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