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What Should I Do If My Breast Hurts And I Feel Sick?

If your breast hurts and you feel sick, you may have a breast infection called mastitis, which needs treatment.

Call your health care provider right away if your breast hurts and you:
  • Have chills or a fever
     
  • See red streaks or the skin on your breast changes colour
     
  • Feel as if you have the flu

If you are given antibiotic medication, take the pills until they are all gone, even if you start to feel better after a day or two.

Apply moist warm compresses before feeding your baby to help with breastmilk flow. To help ease the pain apply cool compresses for 10 to 15 minutes after feeding or expressing.  It is safe to take ibuprofen, such as Advil® or Motrin®, to relieve pain or discomfort.

Continue to breastfeed your baby at least 8 or more times a day to keep your breasts well drained.  It is safe to feed your baby from the sore breast.

If you feel sick, it may help to rest in bed and drink plenty of fluids.  If you are not feeling better after 24 hours, call your health care provider again.