Breastfeeding Problems - Abscess
A breast abscess is a breastfeeding problem which can sometimes occur if infectious mastitis is left untreated, or doesn't respond well to treatment. A rare but painful condition, a breast abscess means that an area in the breast becomes infected and somewhat swollen, filling with pus.
Symptoms are often very similar to those caused by mastitis, although the pain is usually more severe and you will probably be able to feel a sore hard lump in your breast.
Antibiotics are often prescribed, as well as pain relieving medication, and cold or warm compresses may be useful. Try to get plenty of rest. Continue to feed if possible from both breasts, or use a breastpump if this is not possible.
Abscesses normally require medical treatment which usually means the infected area will need to be drained or aspirated by a doctor.
You must seek medical advice if you suspect you have a breast abscess, particularly if you have been suffering from mastitis recently.
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