Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you have mastitis, it's safe to continue breast-feeding and it helps clear the infection.

To relieve your discomfort:

  • Continue to breast-feed as often and as long as your baby is hungry
  • Rest as much as possible, preferably in bed with your baby, which will encourage frequent feedings
  • Avoid prolonged overfilling of your breast with milk (engorgement) before breast-feeding
  • Vary your breast-feeding positions
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • If you have trouble emptying a portion of your breast, apply warm compresses to the breast or take a warm shower before breast-feeding or pumping milk
  • Wear a supportive bra

If breast-feeding on the infected breast is too painful or your infant refuses to nurse on that breast, try pumping or hand-expressing milk.

June 12, 2015