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What is mastitis?

Did you know? Up to one in three moms who breastfeed experience a painful condition called mastitis. It can happen when milk stays in your breast too long, or from infection in your breast. Most mastitis cases develop during the first 12 weeks; learn how to reduce your chances of developing it. 

1 min to read Dec 28, 2021

Mastitis is one of the common reasons why moms stop breastfeeding earlier than they planned. Find out what mastitis is and how to reduce the chances of developing it.

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