As if childbirth and raising a newborn weren't difficult enough, new mothers also have to be aware of the potential for staph mastitis.
Staph mastitis is an inflammation of the mammary glands that usually occurs in breastfeeding mothers within six weeks after giving birth. Symptoms of staph mastitis include:
Red, warm, tender or painful swelling or a lump in the breast (usually only on one side)
Breast skin and nipple itch
Fever over 101°F (38.3°C)
Tender or enlarged lymph nodes in related armpit