Mastitis | Symptoms


What are the symptoms of mastitis?

Women who have mastitis feel generally ill. Other symptoms include:

  • Breast pain
  • Swelling
  • A tender, red, wedge-shaped area on the breast
  • A burning sensation while breastfeeding
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

Mastitis usually affects one breast, not both breasts.


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