BREASTFEEDING AND LACTATION
Updated: Mar 9, 2020
Lactation support at Balance Health Phillip Island
Our physiotherapists are passionate about the benefits of breastfeeding. We understand that it is not always easy and we are here to help if you are having difficulties with attachment (latch), mastitis, engorgement, nipple pain and posture.
Mastitis - What is it?
Mastitis is a condition that can affect women that are breastfeeding. Often believed to be a breast infection that requires antibiotics, this is not necessarily the case. Mastitis literally means ‘inflammation of the breast’ and it may or may not involve infection. Either
way, inflammation hurts, and will present with some, or all, of the following symptoms – breast redness, pain, heat, swelling, and/or flu-like symptoms like fever, chills, and malaise.
Mastitis is most common in the first 6 weeks post-partum, in the right breast, and the upper outer aspect of the breast, however it can occur anywhere in either or both breasts at any time while breastfeeding.