Mastitis is a breast infection that causes fever, flu-like symptoms, and a red, hot area on the breast. It usually happens as a result of plugged ducts or extreme engorgement.

Symptoms include:

• Flu-like aches and pains.

• Swollen, warm, and painful spot(s) on your breast.

• Red spot or streak on your breast.

• Fever higher than 101 F.

• Chills, headaches, or body aches.

• Extreme exhaustion.

The treatment for mastitis is the same as the treatment for plugged ducts (see above), with the additions of:

• Plenty of bed-rest and fluids.

• A visit to your health care provider (antibiotics may be necessary).

• Trying to keep the affected breast empty (i.e., nurse often).