This pathway has been produced as part of the Infant Feeding pathway to ensure that support is provided to enable babies to be fed safely/appropriately.
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Mastitis usually only affects one breast, and symptoms often develop quickly. Symptoms of mastitis can include:
Women may also experience flu-like symptoms, such as aches, a high temeprature (fever), chills and tiredness
In breastfeeding women, mastitis is often caused by a build-up of milk within the breast, known as milk stasis. Milk statis can occur for a number of reasons including:
Pressure on the breast, for example from tight clothing or bra, a car seat belt, or prone sleeping position.
In some cases build-up of milk can also become infected.
Arrange hospital admission if:
Refer urgently to a general surgeon if a breast abscess is suspected
If symptoms fail to settle after 48 hours of first-line antibiotic treatment:
Please see the National and NICE Guidance section
There are no significant variations form the national standards in this pathway.
|Sue Maxwell||Infant Feeding Specialist Midwife||Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trustemail@example.com|
|Russell Peek||Paediatrician||Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust||Russell.Peek@nhs.net|
|Dawn Morrall||Assistant Director of Maternity & Fertility Services/Lead for Midwifery Led Care Supervisor of Midwives||Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust||Dawn.Morrall@glos.nhs.uk|
|Emma Cronin-Preece||Health Visitor Infant Feeding Specialist||Gloucestershire Care Servicesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr Jeremy Welch||GP||Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groupemail@example.com|
|Helen Ford||Senior Commissioning Manager Children, Young People & Maternity Team||Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groupfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vicky Townsend||Assistant Commissioning Manager Children, Young People & Maternity Team||Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groupemail@example.com|
This pathway has been produced to ensure that support is provided to enable babies to be fed safely/appropriately.