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While breastfeeding is one of the most natural things a woman can do, it isn’t always simple. Along with the special moments, there are some common breastfeeding issues that new breastfeeding mothers can encounter. One of these is mastitis, a condition which causes breast tissue to become sore or inflamed.
A large cohort study revealed that slightly fewer than 10% of American women experience mastitis in the three months after giving birth. 4 It mostly occurs in breastfeeding women, however non-breastfeeding women can develop a type called periductal mastitis. This is caused by a bacterial infection in the milk ducts due to a cracked or sore nipple, or even a nipple piercing.
Lactation Mastitis is a concern as it can make breastfeeding painful, and can hinder the bonding process or even compromise milk supply. It should be dealt with promptly to help mother and baby feel healthy and comfortable, and protect mother’s milk supply.
So ‘how do you get mastitis?’, ‘what are the mastitis symptoms?’, and ‘can you breastfeed with mastitis?’: here we’ll answer all the most commonly asked questions about mastitis and how to deal with it. For further information, seek the advice of a healthcare professional.