Risk factors for mastitis include:

  • Breast-feeding during the first few weeks after childbirth
  • Sore or cracked nipples, although mastitis can develop without broken skin
  • Using only one position to breast-feed, which may not fully drain your breast
  • Wearing a tightfitting bra, which may restrict milk flow
  • Becoming overly tired (fatigued)
  • Previous bout of mastitis while breast-feeding — if you've experienced mastitis in the past, you're more likely to experience it again
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