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September 29, 1975

Sporadic Puerperal MastitisAn Infection That Need Not Interrupt Lactation

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center, Sacramento, Calif.

JAMA. 1975;233(13):1377-1379. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260130035019

Sporadic (nonepidemic) acute puerperal mastitis was diagnosed 65 times over a period of 26 months in 2.5% of mothers who elected to nurse their infants. Staphylococcus aureus was cultured from the milk of 23 of 48 infected breasts, but from only one breast of 19 normal mothers. Forty-one women with mastitis continued to nurse without difficulty for an average of 13 weeks, although mastitis recurred in four women. Three breast abscesses resulted from the 65 infections (4.6%).

(JAMA 233:1377-1379, 1975)