One of the worst complications that can happen during breastfeeding is developing a case of mastitis. Bacteria in the breast can lead to a breast infection.
Some mothers are late in diagnosing a case of mastitis, as the symptoms are similar to the flu; feverish one minute, experiencing chills the next. Headaches are common but having a fever distinguishes it from the symptoms of a plugged milk duct. In addition to fever, usually a pink or red area on the breast is visible. Some mothers may not see a pink or red area unless they carefully inspect on the entire breast including the underside of the breast in a mirror. Mastitis not only causes a mother to become quite ill, but it also places her milk supply at risk.Read more