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.
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