Podcast:  When the "booby fairy" doesn't arrive - insufficient glandular tissue

July 25, 2011

We’re very happy to share a podcast on a particularly heartbreaking breastfeeding issue:  insufficient glandular tissue or breast hypoplasia - the incomplete development of the glandular tissue in the breast.

Mothers with hypoplastic breasts often struggle to provide enough milk for their babies, despite ‘doing everything right.’

Tanya Lieberman, IBCLC talked with Diana Cassar-Uhl, IBCLC on the visual markers of hypoplastic breasts, the incidence of it, what to do if you have hypoplastic breasts.  We particularly liked her story of helping her best friend, who coined the term “booby fairy.”  Diana also discussed the use of Goat’s Rue to build glandular tissue.

You can listen to this podcast with the player below!

Trish Reeve

I wish I knew this 2 years ago.
We tried so hard with my daughter (2nd child) and I was pumping/feeding/medicating/galactalogues until I was maple-syrup sick around the clock. We co-slept, we tried EVERYTHING and NO-ONE helped me. I did lactation consultant, doctor, midwife, etc etc etc… Still no “boob fairy”.. but we’re never having another child & I *missed* this opportunity & it hurts like heck. I wish I knew more back then… *sigh*

Diana Cassar-Uhl

Oh, Trish, I’m so sorry to hear your story.  There are far too many who’ve suffered as you do, which is why I’m working to get this information out there.  While we can’t turn the clock back and relieve you of the crushing regret you expressed over the loss of your breastfeeding relationship, perhaps if you share this podcast and the other writing I’ve done on this with the healthcare providers who failed you, they can be ready for the next mom who comes in with a similar situation to yours?
Your pain is real and I’ve worked with moms who’ve found a lot of healing with a good therapist who understands the true loss a mom like you, who intended to breastfeed, experienced.  The MOBI online community (if you haven’t already connected there, here’s a link http://www.mobimotherhood.org ) might be a good place to start.
Thank you for your comment and for sharing your story.—Diana

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I’ve struggled to BF for all three of my children. OBs, lactation consultants and midwives all gave me different opinions over the last 6 yrs about why my milk supply is so low. I am certain I have mild hypoplasia but kept holding out hope that the supply would get better with each child. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for me and it is heartbreaking. Listening to this podcast was an enormous help - I can’t believe it’s taken me 6 yrs to have someone describe my exact condition physically AND emotionally. It’s so hard to get over not having the kind of breastfeeding relationshp I wanted with my baby. One thing you mentioned rang so true to me - I’ve been so focused on doing everything possible to increase my supply that I haven’t been enjoying my baby as much as I should. Thanks for the words of wisdom - they are so appreciated.


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Thank you for the podcast.  Really helped me while feeding.

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