Call your health care provider as soon as you feel any suspicious lump, whether you are breastfeeding or not. Call for an appointment if you experience the following:
You may need to be evaluated in a hospital's emergency department if the breast pain is associated with other signs of an infection (such as a fever, swelling, or redness to the breast ) and if your health care provider cannot see you promptly. Go to the emergency department if you experience any of the following:
After you see a doctor, try the following to help your breast infection heal well.
Mastitis does not cause cancer, but cancer can mimic mastitis in appearance. If a breast infection is slow in going away, your health care provider may recommend a mammogram or other tests to rule out cancer.
If you have a breast infection, you will usually be seen for a recheck in 24-48 hours.
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:
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