Mastitis is one of those nasty side affect of breastfeeding, with a better understanding of it though, we can help to either fully avoid it or get over it much more quickly.
This mainly occurs in the early stage of your breastfeeding when there are grazes on your nipples, bugs get in via the grazes and cracks and set up a bacterial infection.
It presents as aches, pain, flu like symptoms, temperature and a sore, inflamed breast with blotchy pink areas it, there is no specific lump.
1. You need to see your Doctor and begin antibiotics correct for mastitis, as soon as possible. It is safe to continue breastfeeding whilst being treated with the correct antibiotic.
2. You also need to get the ‘Attachment’ or ‘latch’ right, as if you don’t improve that, the grazes will continue.
See module one on my site for more tips on latch (attachment) and module two for more tips on preventing mastitis http://www.breastfeedinghelp.net/shop/