Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

PREVENTION. Teach the patient to prevent mastitis by the following interventions:

Continue breastfeeding frequently.

Wash hands before touching breast or beginning breastfeeding.

Breastfeed every 2 to 3 hours around the clock (wake up the baby at night).

Remove brassiere before beginning feeding.

Always begin breastfeeding on the affected side.

To promote emptying of the breast at a feeding, apply warmth to the breast immediately before feeding (a disposable diaper may be wet with warm water and wrapped around the breast) and massage the breast before placing the infant at the breast.

Change the infant's feeding position; use cradle, side-lying, cross-cradle, and football positions to promote emptying of the breast.

Increase the mother's fluid intake.

Evaluate the breast after the feeding to see if the infant has completely emptied the breast. If the baby does not completely empty the breast, finish emptying the breast with a breast pump or manual expression.

Rest and avoid fatigue.

MEDICATIONS. All medications should be taken until the prescription is finished, even if symptoms disappear.

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