Jaime Pressly's Mastectomy Came After a Common Breastfeeding Issue

Jaime Pressly Actress and star of TV Land's Jennifer Falls Jaime Pressly revealed she underwent an almost-full mastectomy several years ago following an undiagnosed case of mastitis, an inflammation of the mammary gland in the breast. 

The 37-year-old blonde, who gave birth to son Dezi James Calvo in 2007, told hosts of The Talk that she initially dismissed the pain, noting she has a high threshold after spending 25 years as a dancer and attributed her discomfort to breastfeeding. 

Four years after first experiencing the pain, Pressly discovered lumps spread around her breasts and sought medical treatment. 

The My Name Is Earl star explained that the lumps spread and most of her breast tissue needed to be removed. While she called the experience "the craziest thing," Pressly said she thanks God it wasn't cancer. 

So, what are the symptoms of mastitis? Here's what you need to know.  


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While symptoms differ among women, they may include some or all of the following: 

A lump or firmness in an area or the whole of the breast

Redness developing in the area of the blockage

Heat in the affected breast tissue

Pain in the breast, especially to the touch


Fever and chills

Lumps in the breast are typically caused by blockage in the milk ducts, which means milk is being produced but can't flow through the nipple, according to BreastfeedingBabies.com

There are two types of mastitis: non-infectious and infectious. To treat non-infectious mastitis, women should drink plenty of fluids, get enough rest, breastfeed more frequently or express milk when breasts feel full, or try different feeding positions that may allow the breast to drain more effectively. Non-aspirin pain reliever can be taken if necessary, according to MedicalNewsToday.com.

Infectious mastitis requires treatment with an antibiotic. 

If you have any abnormal discharge from your breasts or pain becomes unbearable, seek medical attention. 

Have you ever had mastitis? 

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