What is a breast abscess? Do you have to stop breastfeeding if you have one?

Depending on the location and the extent of the abscess, you may or may not be able to nurse on the infected breast. Normally, breastfeeding is not interrupted, even with an abscess. Your healthcare provider can help you determine whether breastfeeding will be ok in your particular case. If you are temporarily unable to breastfeed on the breast with an abscess, use an electric breast pump to empty the breast and nurse baby more frequently on the other breast. Apply heat to the affected area before nursing or pumping to help the milk flow.