My daughter had tongue tie revision today and while in the office the Dr (whom is a breastfeeding advocate and possibly a LLL leader? LLL member at least) Said that it looked like I may have hypoplasia. I had never heard of this and was surprised. She said that I should keep it in mind if I have future children and to see a lactation consultant before hand to make sure we get the breastfeeding relationship off to a good start.
I looked hypoplasia up and am questioning her, but maybe I'm just being defensive because I don't want it to be my fault that breastfeeding is soooo hard. Is anyone here knowledgeable about hypoplasia? I looked at pics and read the markers for it and I do fit some of the categories, though the pics didn't resonate for the most part.
Here is the list from KellyMom:
[B]widely spaced breasts (breasts are more than 1.5 inches apart)
-at my chest my breasts have 1" between them. Though they do sag / lay against my chest and the space widens obviously as you move away from my chest wall.
[B]breast asymmetry (one breast is significantly larger than the other)
-I've always had one breast larger than the other. As an adult they evened out relatively, especially when I lost weight. My baby refuses my smaller breast so my milk in that side is almost dried up. This has caused a fairly significant difference right now. My nipple on that side is less sensitive so I assumed it was causing slow let down and her disinterest, but maybe I do have less glandular tissue on that side and that plays a role?
[B]presence of stretch marks on the breasts, in absence of breast growth, either during puberty or in pregnancy
-I gained like 80 lbs with my last pregnancy. My boobs have stretch marks now. My boobs grow with weight gain. At my thinnest weight my boobs were a large b small C. Now I'm an E (at least on the big side).
[B]tubular breast shape (“empty sac” appearance)
-I have ptosis of my breasts. They sag and point downward. When I was thinner this was not as bad.
[B]disproportionately large or bulbous areolae
-I have large areolae. They are not bulbous.
[B]absence of breast changes in pregnancy, postpartum, or both
-My breasts have never been full or perky. They grew during pregnancy, but I gained significant weight. After I had the baby I was engorged so they were definitely larger.
However, with my first baby my boobs never got engorged. I do remember my boobs were slightly bigger, but not as big as they are now. But my daughter was failure to thrive by 4 mos so I don't think my milk came in fully? idk. We had a traumatic birth, early supplementation for jaundice, possible undiagnosed tongue tie..etc.. there was a lot going against my first daughter and I's breast feeding relationship.
Any thoughts on this? My daughter is not gaining weight as quickly as I feel like she should be. I was hoping this was the tongue tie, but am wondering if there's more to it. My baby is almost 8 mos and I still feel like I'm beating my head against a wall when it comes to breastfeeding. It has been so easy for all of the other women in my family it seems like