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:
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- 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
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