Originally Posted by sonrisa
wholewheatchick- Can you tell me more about the mild hypoplasia. With DD the IBCLC I saw said I may have mild hypoplasia and that is maybe one of the reasons i had very low supply. 8 months pp I found out I have hasimotos thyroiditis and that could have been a reason for very low supply. Really I dont know which one it was and this baby will only tell me more about what I went through. If it was the thyroid then great, and if it is hypoplasia then I guess I may have very low milk supply again, which I am hoping and praying I don't. What have you been told about hypoplasia?
My breasts have changed this pregnancy unlike the last and I am hoping for colostrum.
Hypoplasia is basically when you don't have enough milk making tissue. Generally, women with hypoplasia have very assymetrical breasts, very droopy breasts (I mean, like tubes, with hte nipple pointed at the ground), and very widely spaced breasts (more than a handwith apart, measured at your bra band line). But, all of those "signs' can exist, and the woman makes enough milk to feed triplets. None of those can exist, and she still has insufficient glandular tissue (IUGT, I think it's called.) There are four different degrees of hypoplasia, I think based on those physical signs, but it cannot be diagnosed until you actually try breastfeeding.
There are lots of things you can do to stimulate production, though. Like renting a hospital grade pump for the first few months, uses a supplemental nutrition sysem if needed (SNS), and taking certain herbs. Goat's rue is a less common one, but actually increases the amount of breast tissue so that your body is even capable of making more milk. However, the fact that your breasts have grown is a tremendously good sign already!
My breasts are somewhat asymetrical, like my feet, lol, they're about a 1/2 cup size different. But, both have grown, both are heavy and denser, and both are producing some colosutrom. So I am feeling much more optimisitc. bit still plan on helping myself out but having an unmedicated birth with the baby put right on my belly ASAP. The first 2 - 3 weeks are absolutely crucial for establishing a milk supply for anybody, so I already told DH that that is going to be my only job for the first bit there. Feeding Squirt and sleeping! Also, my mom is coming down for that fist week to be my personal IBCLC.
One of my moms IBCLC friends has a daughter with severe hypoplasia, but after a month or so, was 100% breastfeeding her baby. So it is possible, you just have to get help immediately, and sometimes some pretty significant help. There are also pharmaceutical drugs like Reglan that have a side effect of increased milk production, but the side effect of that is PPD. Of course, not producing enough milk for your baby can be pretty depressing, too.
I am going to start saving my colustrom starting at 36 weeks, and putting it in little 5 mL vials and storing it in the freezer, just in case we have any issues.
Anyway, hope that helps!