Mastitis and Clogged Ducts

Mastitis and Clogged Ducts

What is mastitis? From the Mayo Clinic:

Mastitis is an inflammation of breast tissue that sometimes involves an infection. The inflammation results in breast pain, swelling, warmth and redness. You might also have fever and chills.

Mastitis most commonly affects women who are breast-feeding (lactation mastitis). But mastitis can occur in women who aren’t breast-feeding and in men.

Lactation mastitis can cause you to feel run down, making it difficult to care for your baby. Sometimes mastitis leads a mother to wean her baby before she intends to. But continuing to breast-feed, even while taking an antibiotic to treat mastitis, is better for you and your baby.



Signs and symptoms of mastitis can appear suddenly. They may include:

  • Breast tenderness or warmth to the touch
  • Breast swelling
  • Thickening of breast tissue, or a breast lump
  • Pain or a burning sensation continuously or while breast-feeding
  • Skin redness, often in a wedge-shaped pattern
  • Generally feeling ill
  • Fever of 101 F (38.3 C) or greater

When to see a doctor

See your doctor if you have breast symptoms that concern you.

From Mother Moon!:

Try: warm compresses, hot showers, massage towards the nipple, massage in a circular motion, massage with the back of an electric toothbrush, dangle feeding, nurse in different position.

If you have frequent blocked ducts, try taking lecithin.
Blocked ducts can turn into mastitis, so some resources compare the two.
Signs/symptoms: Part of breast will be tender, painful, swollen, red, red streaks, fever, chills, achiness, tired, feeling like you have the flu.

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