Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Breast Feeding - Mastitis - Types and Symptoms

Mastitis is the inflammation of breast tissue. It is caused by an infection with the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus which can enter the breast through the nipple. the incidence happens most to the breast feeding mother as a result of the nipples have become dry and tender or it can be caused by untreated plugged duct. The disease affects over approximately 10% of breastfeeding women in the world.

Types of Mastitis
1. Puerperal mastitis
Puerperal mastitis is the inflammation of breast during breastfeeding or weaning. It is a result of a milk duct is not draining well that leads to sore, tender lump or knotty area in the breast. If the plugged duct if left untreated, it can lead to pressure building up resulting of inflammation to the surrounding tissue, causing breast inflammation or mastitis.

2. Non-puerperal mastitis
The inflammation of breast tissue occurs unrelated to pregnancy and breastfeeding.

1. Breast and breast skin tenderness
2. Painful
3. Breast swelling
4. Burning sensation
5. Warm feeling if touch
6. Fever
7. Flu like symptoms
8. Red lumps
9. Breast engorgement
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