Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you have mastitis, it's safe to continue breast-feeding. Continuing breast-feeding offers the added benefit of helping clear the infection in your breast.

To relieve your discomfort:

  • Maintain your breast-feeding routine
  • Get as much rest as possible
  • Avoid prolonged overfilling of your breast with milk (engorgement) before breast-feeding
  • Use varied positions to breast-feed
  • 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.

Jul. 18, 2012

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