Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

For mastitis, your first appointment will likely be with your regular 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:

  • Note 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.
  • List all medications, vitamins and supplements you take regularly.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor.

For mastitis, some basic questions to ask include:

  • Will my infection clear on its own or do I need treatment?
  • What can I do at home to relieve my symptoms?
  • How might my condition affect my baby?
  • Should I stop breast-feeding my baby?
  • If I continue to breast-feed, is the medication you're prescribing safe for my baby?
  • How long will I have to take the medication?
  • What are the chances that the infection will recur? How do I minimize my risk of recurrence?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor may ask you questions about:

  • How long you've had symptoms
  • Whether you have breast pain and how severe it is
  • Whether symptoms occur in one or both breasts
  • Your breast-feeding technique
  • Whether you've had previous breast infections
June 12, 2015