What causes mastitis?

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What causes mastitis?

Mastitis is a breast infection, and you would like to avoid it because moms tend to get really sick. It's caused by one of two ways. Either the mom has a plugged duct up in her breast and, for a variety of reasons, the milk was not flowing properly. Or the mom has breaks in her skin on her nipple and the infection has gotten in that way. The mom then tends to have a painful, red, hot breast. Then she tends to spike a fever, and can get pretty sick.

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Wendy Haldeman, MN, RN, IBCLC is a co-founder of the Pump Station and Nurtury. She received both her nursing and lactation education at UCLA, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and a certified Happiest Baby on the Block instructor. She lectures frequently on human lactation at medical and nursing schools and has been identified by publications, such as Fit Pregnancy, as an expert in her field. Wendy facilitates the New Mother Support groups, and teaches the prenatal Breastfeeding and Baby Care Classes at The Pump Station. She and her husband Tim are proud of their two grown daughters and their 15 month old granddaughter.

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