Ouch!!! Red, Sore, Cracked Nipples!!!

What’s Wrong?

Could it be mastitis? Mastitis most commonly occurs when the breasts are not fully emptied of milk. The milk overflows from the breast glands and engorges the breasts. Breast engorgement (swelling) can occur any time the breasts produce more milk than the amount being removed by breast-feeding, pumping, or manual (hand) expression. Breast engorgement increases the risk of infection. If bacteria enter the breast through an opening in the nipple or a break in the skin, the breast tissue becomes inflamed or infected.
Tomorrow, let’s see about prevention of mastitis.

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