Breast infections may occur during the breastfeeding process. It is important for a breast infection to be treated effectively. The following tips will help you identify a breast infection, and inform you of the proper steps to follow if you believe you have one.
If you notice a hot, reddened, tender area on your breast, you may have a plugged duct. If this duct becomes infected it may progress to mastitis.
- Muscle aching
- Chills, shivering
- “Just feels like the flu”
Call the office, and you may be put on an antibiotic. Warm compresses and massaging the area assist to unclog the duct. Be sure to completely empty the breast while feeding.
You can continue to breastfeed throughout the diagnosis and treatment of this infection