What can I do to prevent mastitis?
Below are some basic breastfeeding techniques to lower your risk of developing mastitis.
- Your baby should latch onto the nipple with his or her mouth open wide.
- Allow your baby to empty one breast before switching to the other breast.
- Change your baby's position from one feeding to the next to help empty all the areas of the breast.
- If you need to stop a feeding, break the suction using your finger.
- Don't wear tight-fitting bras or breast pads that cause your nipples to stay moist after breastfeeding.
- Air your nipples when possible.
- Tell your doctor or lactation consultant if you have nipple pain during nursing.
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff