Mastitis | Overview


What is mastitis?

Mastitis (say: “mass-tie-tuss”) is an inflammation of the breast that is usually caused by an infection. It often happens while a woman is breastfeeding, especially during the first 6 weeks.


Management of Mastitis in Breastfeeding Women by Jeanne P. Spencer, MD (American Family Physician September 15, 2008,

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 10/09