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Does mastitis affect milk taste?


We know that mastitis occurs due to the congestion of milk resulting in irritation and inflammation in the surrounding breast tissue, but we also know that inflammation leads to an influx of sodium and chloride1. And yep, sodium chloride means salt. That means that lovely sweet taste of breast milk becomes salty as the body works through its inflammatory response.

Is mastitis milk ok for baby?

Yes! Bub is going to be the first person to notice this change in flavour of the breast milk and it is common for them to be fussy as their once sweet and tasty milk has taken a salty turn. But as far as quality goes, it is still good to go!

Research actually states that the rise in inflammatory cells in the milk can help stimulate bub’s immunity2!  

How long will this last for?

Don’t worry, they won’t be fussy forever. But it can take around a week after the inflammation has gone for the salty flavour of the milk to subside and return to its usual sweet taste. 


  1. Betzold, C. M. (2007). An update on the recognition and management of lactational breast inflammation. Journal of midwifery & women’s health, 52(6), 595-605.
  2. Wöckel, A., Abou-Dakn, M., Beggel, A., & Arck, P. (2008). Inflammatory breast diseases during lactation: health effects on the newborn—a literature review. Mediators of inflammation, 2008.

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