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Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast. It occurs most often in people who are breastfeeding. Mastitis can happen when the milk sacs in the breast are too full and cause swelling in your breast tissue.
One of the main causes of mastitis is when your breasts make more milk than your baby needs. If this is happening, talk to your healthcare provider about ways to manage your breastmilk production.
If you have mastitis, it is important to keep breastfeeding, as stopping suddenly can make it worse. Treating mastitis right away helps prevent an infection from happening. Depending on your symptoms, your healthcare provider might prescribe antibiotics.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
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Adaptation Date: 9/5/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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