Clean the nipples and breasts thoroughly before and
Lubricate the nipples after nursing with vitamin A
& D ointment or other topical medication if recommended.
Avoid clothing that irritates the breasts.
Don't allow a nursing infant to chew nipples.
Usually curable in 8 to 10 days with treatment. Draining
the abscess is occasionally necessary to hasten healing.
It is rarely necessary to discontinue breast-feeding
even with severe infection. Occasionally, certain antibiotics
(especially tetracycline) and pain relievers will
require that breast-feeding be discontinued for a brief
period of time, and it will be necessary to pump the
Rarely, a fistula (abnormal passage between two
organs or between the body and the outside) may
Breast abscess treatment
Use warm-water (or cold water if it is more soothing)
soaks to relieve pain and hasten healing.
Discontinue nursing the baby from the infected breast
until it heals. Use a breast pump to express milk regularly
from the infected breast until you can resume nursing
on that side.