Can I breastfeed with a breast abscess?
Mothers with an abscess are encouraged to continue breastfeeding at least with the healthy breast and with both if possible. If it is not too painful, breastfeeding should continue on the abscessed side as long as the baby is not in direct contact with pus or infected tissue and is willing and able to breastfeed. Babies who are reluctant to feed on the abscessed breast should be offered that side first. If it stops making milk, mothers can continue to breastfeed with the healthy breast. If the abscessed breast continues to make milk but the baby cannot breastfeed, mothers need to empty it by expressing to help the abscess settle and prevent further pain and swelling. The milk can be given to the baby as long as it has not touched pus or infected tissue. Mothers need to ensure that their baby is taking in enough milk and supplement the baby if not. If mothers decide to stop breastfeeding on one or both breasts, it needs to be done safely.