Probiotics: A Possible Treatment for Mastitis

Mastitis in lactating women is fairly common, often caused by drug-resistant staphylococci. Spanish researchers have tested treatment with Lactobaccilli-based probiotics and traditional antibiotics. This randomized, prospective study of 251 women with mastitis showed promising results. The probiotic group reported better resolution and less pain after 21 days, and did not discontinue breast-feeding as often as the antibiotic group. Much more research needs to be done, but these early results are most intriguing.

PositiveTip: If you are experiencing mastitis, ask you doctor about the possibility of trying probiotics.