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 or putting pressure on your breast from using a seatbelt or carrying a heavy bag, which may restrict milk flow
  • Becoming overly tired or stressed
  • Previous bout of mastitis while breast-feeding
  • Poor nutrition
June 12, 2015