Lactational Mastitis

  • Lactational mastitis:
    • Is a condition in which a woman’s breast becomes:
      • Red, painful, and swollen:
        • Within 12 to 24 hours after breast engorgement with poor milk drainage
    • Most episodes of lactation mastitis:
      • Are caused by Staphylococcus aureus
    • The condition is characterized by:
      • Pain, redness, fever and malaise
  • References
    • Kvist LJ, Larsson BW, Hall-Lord ML, Steen A, Schalen C. The role of bacteria in lactational mastitis and some considerations of the use of antibiotic treatment. Int Breastfeed J. 2008;3:6.
    • Schoenfeld EM, McKay MP. Mastitis and methicillin-resistent staphylococcus aureus (MRSA): the calm before the storm? J Emerg Med. 2010;38(4):e31.

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