Mastitis | Prevention


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.


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

Written by editorial staff

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