Jefferson University Hospitals

Breast Infections and Inflammations

If your nipples become sore and cracked during breastfeeding, bacteria may enter your breast ducts causing an infection called lactational mastitis. For expert diagnosis and treatment of breast infections and inflammation during breast feeding, turn to the certified lactation consultants of Jefferson's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. These specialists will assess your condition and recommend a treatment course, typically involving a warm compress to unblock the duct or antibiotics to treat the infection.

For nonbreastfeeding women, nonlactational mastitis is a type of infection that can occur as a result of radiation therapy after a lumpectomy. While this condition is rare, if you are experiencing symptoms, the Jefferson Breast Care Center staff will assess your condition and prescribe antibiotics for treatment.