WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAVE MASTITIS?
First, contact your healthcare provider. Ask about taking ibuprofen to reduce the swelling. If you are fever free or have a low-grade fever, your healthcare provider may suggest you do the following to help get rid of the mastitis:
- Breastfeed often—every 1.5 to 2 hours during the day and at least every 3 hours at night.
- Use breast massage while feeding to help the baby more fully drain the breast.
- If that breast still feels full after breastfeeding, express more milk from it.
- Apply warm compresses to the swollen area 3-4 times a day for 10-15 minutes. It can take up to a week for the swelling to go away. If you are improving, you should feel less swelling every day.
If you notice any of the following, contact your doctor right away. He or she may prescribe an antibiotic if:
- You do not feel any better within a day or two.
- You have a fever of 101°F (38.4°C) or higher.
- You see red streaks on your breast, it is feeling hotter, or the swelling is getting worse.
- You feel achy and have chills.