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Mastitis

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Mastitis is an inflammation of the breasts that may or may not be become an infection. It results from the hardened breasts or from cracked nipples. In the mastitis the affected part of the breast gets painful, red and hot. When there is infection the mother may have high fever (over 38º C) and chills.

Since mastitis is caused by hardened breasts or cracked nipples, the main cares are:

• Breastfeed with baby put in the right sucking position;

• If the baby does not empty the breasts, empty the breasts by doing the milking procedure.

When the mother has mastitis it is advised that she go to the doctor and be guided to follow the correct treatment. If she takes too long to start the treatment, a wound with pus can be formed and then the treatment becomes more complicated.