Mastitis While Breast-Feeding - Symptoms
The symptoms of
mastitis most often appear within 4 to 6 weeks after
If you have
mastitis , you may first notice:
- A painful area on one breast. It may be
reddened, warm to the touch, or both.
- Chills, aches, and flu-like
- A fever.
These initial symptoms may start after you have resolved a
blocked milk duct.
When to call
Call your doctor now if you
- Increasing pain in one area of the
- Increasing redness in one area of the breast or red streaks
extending away from an area of the breast.
- Drainage of pus from the
nipple or another area of the breast.
- A fever of 101°F (38.5°C) or
Call your doctor today if you
- Swollen glands (lymph nodes) in
the neck or armpit.
- A fever less than 101°F (38.5°C).
Call your doctor if you have other breast problems like cracked and bleeding nipples or blisters on your nipples that are not relieved by home treatment.
In some cases, symptoms of mastitis
get worse and the breast develops a pocket of pus (abscess) in the
infected area. Symptoms of a breast abscess include:
- A breast lump that is hard and
- A reddened area on the breast.
symptoms that are getting worse.
Thrush (yeast infection) can occur in your baby's
mouth and spread to your nipples and breast ducts. If you have symptoms of
mastitis that are not going away in spite of treatment, pain in the nipple area
during and after breast-feeding, sharp breast pain in between feedings, or
nipples that look very pink, you may have a yeast infection. This condition can also begin
with a sudden start of pain or burning when breast-feeding has been going well
If you have yeast infection symptoms, both your nipples
and your baby's mouth should be checked for thrush. Treatment for thrush
requires that both you and your baby be treated, even if your baby doesn't have
symptoms. For more information, see the topic