I just read this article Lactation Failure: It Happened to Me about a new mum finding it impossible to breastfeed but being told by mid-wives and lactation consultants to keep trying and not to give the baby formula. It turned out she had breast hypoplasia, where her breast tissue had underdeveloped ducts – and therefore breastfeeding would always be impossible.
I have never heard this term before – even though it describes exactly the situation a friend of mine was in a few years ago, she too was told to carry on trying to breastfeed and found the whole thing very stressful and felt very guilty when she resorted to giving her very hungry baby formula. She knew there was something not right and not working but was offfered no support.
If it is true that 5% of women have medical conditions that make breastfeeding extremely difficult or impossible, including insufficient glandular material and breast hypoplasia * then why don’t we hear more about this? Why are new mums not told of this possibilty?
It’s such a shame for new mums to spend thoses first few weeks and months feeling guilty about an inability to breastfeed.