MASTItIS / BREAST CONDITIONS
What is mastitis?
Mastitis is inflammation of the breast tissue. It may or may not be associated with an infection. It can occur from the blockage of milk ducts or milk stasis/breast engorgement. Primarily this is caused by milk that is not drained from the breast and remains stagnant in the milk ducts. This may be a result of be ineffective milk removal through positioning or issues with the baby’s latch, over supply, missed feeds, cracked/damaged nipples or compression of the breast such as from underwire bras.
In many cases antibiotics can be avoided if the mastitis is non infective and managed with appropriate anti inflammatory measures.