Breastfeeding

Q&A: What Can Happen If I Don’t Treat My Mastitis?

What can happen if I don’t treat my mastitis?

It's essential to get timely and appropriate treatment for a mastitis that is notresponding within 12 to 24 hours because progression of the infection will leadto more serious consequences. The unresolved breast infection will develop intoan area of the breast that fills with pus, dead cells, and fluid, creating even morepain than the original mastitis. This abscess will develop and must be removedby fine needle aspiration or surgical incision.