Lifestyle and home remediesBy Mayo Clinic staff
If you have mastitis, it's safe to continue breast-feeding. Continuing breast-feeding offers the added benefit of helping clear the infection in your breast.
To relieve your discomfort:
- Maintain your breast-feeding routine
- Get as much rest as possible
- Avoid prolonged overfilling of your breast with milk (engorgement) before breast-feeding
- Use varied positions to breast-feed
- Drink plenty of fluids
- If you have trouble emptying a portion of your breast, apply warm compresses to the breast or take a warm shower before breast-feeding or pumping milk
- Wear a supportive bra
If breast-feeding on the infected breast is too painful or your infant refuses to nurse on that breast, try pumping or hand-expressing milk.
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