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How is mastitis treated?

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If you're not breastfeeding, antibiotics should have you feeling better in a day or two. Take them as directed. If you are breastfeeding, taking care of yourself -- which can be tough to do when you have a baby -- will help you feel better fast. Drink lots of water, wear loose bras, and rest as much as possible. Your doctor may suggest ibuprofen, or something like it, to take care of the fever and pain. It's important to keep breastfeeding and move that milk in and out of the ducts. Even though it might be painful, it won't harm your baby.

From: What Is Mastitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Mastitis."

Cleveland Clinic: "Mastitis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Management of Mastitis in Breastfeeding Women."

National Health Service UK: "Mastitis."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Mastitis."

Cleveland Clinic: "Mastitis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Management of Mastitis in Breastfeeding Women."

National Health Service UK: "Mastitis."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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