Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Mastitis Prevention

Prevention of mastitis includes:

  • Learn how to breastfeed properly.
  • Alternate breasts properly when breast feeding:
    • Empty one breast before switching to the other breast.
  • Change your body position for each feeding.
  • Do not allow your baby to use the breast as a pacifier.
  • Use a breast pump if the breast becomes engorged.

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Last Updated: Dec 20, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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