The Royal Womens Hospital defines mastitis as inflammation of the breast that can lead to infection.
Mastitis differs from a blocked duct as a blocked duct is not an infection. It can be difficult to differentiate between a blocked duct and mastitis because sometimes the skin covering the blocked duct can appear red and inflamed however usually not as red as with mastitis.
- Poor emptying of the breast
- Poor attachment contributing to poor emptying of the breast
- Over supply
Signs and Symptoms
- Flu symptoms- fever, sore joints
- A red area on the breast
- Painful lump in the breast