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Around one in 10 women who are breastfeeding are affected by mastitis. Most women will develop mastitis during the first three months after giving birth.

Mastitis is a condition that causes the breast tissue to become painful and inflamed (red and swollen)and usually only affects one breast. Some women may also experience flu-like symptoms such as a high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or above and chills or aches.

The redness and swelling is not usually caused by infection but as a result of a blocked milk duct or problems with breastfeeding.

It is important to get help and carry on breastfeeding or expressing breastmilk or the mastitis will get worse.

  • Click here to see NHS CHOICES Mastitis.

  • For a printable leaflet

  • Click here for the Breastfeeding Network's information on Mastitis.

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