Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

For mastitis, your first appointment will likely be with your regular health care provider, such as an obstetrician-gynecologist, family doctor or nurse practitioner. For problems related to breast-feeding, you may be referred to a lactation consultant.

What you can do

To prepare for your appointment:

  • Take note of all your symptoms, even if they seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
  • Review key personal information, including major stresses or recent life changes.
  • Make a list of all medications, vitamins and supplements that you regularly take.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor, listing them from most important to least important in case time runs out.

For mastitis, some basic questions to ask include:

  • Will my infection clear on its own or will I need treatment?
  • What can I do at home to relieve my symptoms?
  • How might my condition affect my baby?
  • Is there any reason why I should stop breast-feeding my baby?
  • I'm still breast-feeding. Is the medication you're prescribing safe to take while breast-feeding?
  • How long will I have to take the medication?
  • What are the chances that the infection will recur? What can I do to minimize my risk of recurrence?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor may ask you questions about:

  • How long you've experienced symptoms
  • Whether you experience any breast pain and the severity of your pain
  • Whether symptoms occur in one or both breasts
  • Your breast-feeding technique
  • Whether you've had previous breast infections
July 18, 2012

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