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Q&A: What is "milk fever?"

What is "milk fever?" Is it the same thing as mastitis?

Re: What is "milk fever?" Is it the same thing as mastitis?

The Bump Expert Wow, that’s an "old-school" term I've seen used interchangably with engorgement as well as mastitis. Generally speaking, many moms may have the chills and have a low-grade fever when their milk first comes in. Usually these fevers do not exceed 100.6 to 101 and often last 24 hours. Mastitis fevers run higher than this and can often exceed 101.3 to 103 and are usually accompanied by other symptoms such as extreme fatigue, headache, and flu-like symptoms. High fevers accompanied by breast symptoms such as localized pain or tenderness in one area of the breast, tender or hot areas, and red streaking spreading out across the breast are obvious signs of mastitis and need to be addressed by a healthcare professional.