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Early Physiotherapy Treatment for Mastitis

Mastitis is a blocked duct causing inflammation and possibly redness in the breast.

If the area becomes infected you may experience flu-like symptoms.

Blocked ducts may be caused from:

  • Compression to the breast tissue (eg. tight bra, sleeping on stomach)
  • Milk stasis (filling rate exceeding the emptying rate)
  • Suckling replaced by dummies or pacifiers
  • Baby sleeping longer overnight
  • Erratic feeding pattern or skipping feeds
  • Poor attachment, not completely emptying the breast before swapping sides
  • What are the signs and symptoms of mastitis?

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Fever
  • Fatigue and generally feeling unwell
  • How can Mastitis be prevented?

  • Avoiding restrictive clothing and bras which may be putting pressure on the breast tissue
  • Avoid lying on your stomach for too long
  • Ensure breast is empty when feeding before swapping sides
  • Self Massage with incorrect techniques may cause further damage to the duct and stimulate further inflammation, making the process worse!

    How can Physiotherapy Help?

  • Advice with regards to home treatment – heat prior to feeding to facilitate let down, ice after feeding to assist with pain and swelling, posture with feeding, referral to a lactation consultant if required
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound assists with breaking up the blockage
  • Methods to optimize lymphatic draining
  • If you have any concerns regarding blocked ducts and/or mastitis, call our clinic on 48611223 to book in with our physiotherapists today.


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