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Q&A: Can I Get Mastitis Without a Clogged Duct?

Can I get mastitis without a clogged duct?
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March 2, 2017
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Yes. Clogged ducts and mastitis both share many of the same causes such as limiting feedings, infrequent feedings, skipped feedings, oversupply, tight orrestrictive clothing, incomplete emptying of the breasts, and /or stress and fatigue of the mother. However, mastitis can also be due to an infection caused by anybreak in the skin due to a cracked or bleeding nipple, which is most often the result of a poor latch or presence of thrush.

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