Contempo Updates
April 2, 2003

Lactation Mastitis

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Epidemiology and Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Drs Barbosa-Cesnik and Foxman), and Department of Family Medicine, Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich (Dr Schwartz).


Contempo Updates Section Editor: Sarah Pressman Lovinger, MD, Fishbein Fellow.

JAMA. 2003;289(13):1609-1612. doi:10.1001/jama.289.13.1609

In 2001, the prevalence of both breastfeeding initiation (69.5%) and breastfeeding at 6 months (32.5%) among new mothers was the highest recorded in the recent past in the United States.1 Unfortunately, an estimated 2% to 33% of breastfeeding women develop lactation mastitis,210 which increases the risk of weaning.11

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