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Breastfeed Rev. 1997;5(2):5-11.

Characteristics of lactation mastitis in a Western Australian cohort.

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  • 1998 May;6(1):28.


This study followed a prospective cohort of 306 breastfeeding mothers for the first three months postpartum and identified a cumulative incidence rate for lactation mastitis of 27.1% and a cumulative recurrence rate of 6.5%. Mastitis was given as the reason for cessation of breastfeeding by 18% of women who ceased to breastfeed. It was the third most commonly stated reason given for cessation of breastfeeding. Fifty-one percent of cases occurred within the first two weeks postpartum. Early onset mastitis and the severity of localised symptoms were associated with bilateral mastitis and protracted outcomes.

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