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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 133-138

Study of mastitis comorbidities among lactating mothers in El-Batanoon village, Menoufia governorate

1 Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Menoufia, Egypt
2 Department of Public Health and Community of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Menoufia, Egypt

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Heba A Elgohary Taman
Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, El-Batanoon, El Menoufia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/mmj.mmj_484_16

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Objective This study aimed to deter mine the prevalence of mastitis among lactating mothers in El-Batanoon and to assess the risk factors of mastitis. Background Mastitis is one of the most common frequent breastfeeding problems among lactating mothers and is frequently associated with comorbid illnesses. Patients and methods A case–control study of breastfeeding women, 45 patients (women with mastitis), and 355 control participants was carried out in El-Batanoon family health facilities. All the women attending the vaccination sessions for the children in the family health center on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for 6 months were assessed. Data were collected using a predesigned structured questionnaire for history of the mothers and the babies, complete physical examination for them and assessment of breastfeeding technique. Results The prevalence of mastitis in the groups studied was 14%. The prevalence of mastitis was higher among women who had nipple crack, 39 (86.2%) patients, those who had breast engorgement, 27 (60.5%) patients, and those who had improper position with her baby during breastfeeding, 30 (67.6%) patients. A high prevalence of mastitis affects breastfeeding and decreases the benefits for the mothers and the babies. Conclusion According to our results, the current study showed that mastitis is a major problem that affects mothers and their babies, with a prevalence of 11.25% among lactating mothers attending the family health center in rural areas, Menoufia governorate.

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