Mastitis is soreness or a lump in the breast.
A breast infection can happen when other family members have a cold or the seasonal flu. It usually only happens in one breast. It is not always easy to tell the difference between a breast infection and a plugged duct. They have similar symptoms and can improve within 24 to 48 hours. Some breast infections that do not improve within this time period need to be treated with medicine from your doctor.
Breastfeed on the affected side every two hours or more often. This will keep the milk moving freely and your breast from becoming overly full.
Ask your doctor for help if you do not feel better within 24 hours of trying these tips, if you have a fever, or if your symptoms worsen. You might need medicine.
SEE YOUR DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY IF: