Mastitis is a condition which leaves your breast feeling hot and painful, and with a red appearance. It is most common in women who are breastfeeding.
Mastitis can happen due to a build-up of milk during breastfeeding.
Symptoms of mastitis include:
- A red, swollen lump or area on the breast which feels painful to touch
- A pain that may be continuous, or may only be present during breastfeeding
- Nipple discharge
- Flu-like symptoms
If you have mastitis you can take some self-help measures such as:
- Taking plenty of rest
- Drinking enough liquids such as water
- Taking paracetamol or ibruprofen to reduce any pain and/or fever
- Continuing to breasfeed, ensuring you start your feeds with the sore breast first
- Massage your breast to clear any blockages
- Use our ‘Ooh!’ blend of Bosom Buddies breastfeeding oils.
- Avoiding tight-fitting clothing or bras until your mastitis has cleared.
If you have continued to breastfeed and have not noticed any improvements within 24 hours ensure you contact your GP. Your GP may prescribe you some antibiotics that are safe to use during breastfeeding. This will ensure that there is no risk to your baby, although they may cause some irritability and restlessness.