Tuberous breasts are caused by a common congenital condition. (Technically they may be referred to as “Tubular Hypoplastic Breasts.”)
It is important to note this right away: In most cases, the size or shape of a woman’s breast has very little to do with her ability to breastfeed. However, if you have insufficient glandular tissue in your breasts, then you may have some problems with your milk supply.
(It is important to note: Not all women with tubular breasts have supply issues. You will only know after you have given birth. Some women with tuberous breasts can still breastfeed twins!)
What is the Problem?
Basically the problem breasts
have not developed enough
milk glands. They lack normal
fullness and may look
“empty.” (They may even seem swollen at the tips.)
Some of these women with tubular breasts find that they simply don’t have many cells producing milk and they experience some breast milk supply problems.
Some of these women’s breasts don’t grow during pregnancy and there is no engorgement when the milk is supposed to come in after their baby’s birth.
What if this Applies to You?
If you happen to have tubular breasts, there are steps that you can take to improve your breast milk supply and your breastfeeding success.
- Make sure to contact a lactation consultant before giving birth.
- Have an un-medicated birth (if possible)
- Put your sweetie to your breast right after birth
- Nurse often and on demand (not on a schedule!)
- Start to pump within a few days after giving birth
- Try co-sleeping with your baby
- Try fenugreek and blessed thistle (herbs)or the drug domperidone to increase your milk production
You can successfully breastfeed under these circumstances, it just takes a little more effort!