Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic staff
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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- FAQ on mastitis. La Leche League International. http://www.llli.org/FAQ/mastitis.html. Accessed June 6, 2012.