Mastitis | Treatment


How is mastitis treated?

Your doctor will likely prescribe antibiotics to clear up the infection. You should start to feel better a few days after starting the antibiotics. But make sure you take all the antibiotics your doctor prescribes to prevent antibiotic resistance.

Over-the-counter pain medicines such as acetaminophen (one brand name: Tylenol) or ibuprofen (one brand name: Advil) can help relieve pain. Warm showers can also help relieve the pain.

It is important to keep breastfeeding when you have mastitis. Your breast milk will not be bad for your baby, even if you have mastitis, although some infants may not like the taste. If you stop breastfeeding, germs can spread in the milk that is left in your breast, and your infection can get worse. If you cannot nurse your baby, you should pump your breasts to remove the milk.

Getting enough rest and drinking extra fluids can help you feel better faster. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms get worse.


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