Treatments for breast abscesses in breastfeeding women

Irusen, Priyadarshani Hayley ; Rohwer, Anke Cornelia ; Steyn, D. Wilhelm ; Young, Taryn (2015-08-17)

CITATION: Irusen, P. H. et al. 2015. Treatments for breast abscesses in breastfeeding women. Cochrane Database for Systematic Reviews, 8: Art. No.: CD010490, doi:10.1002/14651858.CD010490.pub2.

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Background: The benefits of breastfeeding are well known, and the World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continuing breastfeeding to age two. However, many women stop breastfeeding due to lactational breast abscesses. A breast abscess is a localised accumulation of infected fluid in breast tissue. Abscesses are commonly treated with antibiotics, incision and drainage (I&D) or ultrasound-guided needle aspiration, but there is no consensus on the optimal treatment. Objectives: To assess the effects of different treatments for the management of breast abscesses in breastfeeding women.

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