Judgment-Free Breastfeeding

Breast Hypoplasia and Breastfeeding


There’s nothing more devastating to a new mom who desperately wants to breastfeed, than to learn she may not have a full milk supply due to insufficient glandular tissue. What is breast hypoplasia? How do you know if you have it? And where are the best places to find the support you need to get through this emotional time?

Our Expert

Diana Cassar-Uhl, IBCLC

Diana Cassar-Uhl, IBCLC has written articles for the La Leche League publications Leaven and Breastfeeding Today, and is the author of the La Leche League tear-off sheet Vitamin D, Your Baby, and You. She is a frequent presenter at breastfeeding education events. Diana looks forward to graduating with a Master of Public Health in 2013 and hopes to pursue a career in lactation research. Diana, mother to three breastfed children, served as a clarinetist on active Army duty in the West Point Band from 1995-2012.


Robin Kaplan (host)
Children: Ben (2005), Ryan (2006)

Jessica Butanda
Children: London (2011)

Maryjane Fisher
Children: Jason (2011)

Marshelle Papa
Children: Grant (2008), Maxmell and Amara (2010)

Additional Resources

TheBoobGroup.com | Breast Hypoplasia and Breastfeeding, Transcription

DianaIBCLC.com | Diana’s Website and Blog

What Happens When the “Booby Fairy” Doesn’t Arrive | Podcast featuring Diana

IGT and Low Milk Supply | Facebook Page

Diary of a Lactation Failure | Blog

Not Everyone Can Breastfeed | Website

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Jes says:

Hang in there, raffelsol, it’s so so hard! Maybe you can find a friend or like-minded mom who will donate her milk to your baby. Good luck & may God bless you!

raffelsol says:

Thank you so much for this topic. I never knew that there was something like this. I had a daughter in 2009 and tried EVERYTHING to breastfeed. I felt like such a failure when the lactation consultant said that my daughter could not transfer any milk from my breasts. I then resorted to pumping and did so for a year. My supply was only about 1/2 of what my daughter needed, so we supplemented. Now I have a 7 week old and I am going thru the EXACT same thing only he can transfer about 2 ounces at a feeding, but I am doing everything including perscriptions, supplements, domperidone, hospital grade pump, etc. I want to give my son the best, but don’t if I can emotionally do it again.

Tamar Blanco says:

Hi I read your comment and it seems like it is very similar to my experience. I am a second time mom of a 4 month baby boy and have hypoplasia. With the help of prescription medication, herbs, a hospital-grade pump and infant chiropractic I was able to finally exclusively breastfeed when he was 9 weeks old. I was only able to pump 5 ounces a day with my first baby. If you would like to chat please contact me.

Rachael says:

Thank you so much for this. I have never met anyone that went through the experience that I had with my daughter and listening to all of these ladies talk made me cry – it was my story, too!!! Hoping to have better luck with #2 in a few weeks. I needed to hear this.

Lisa C says:

Could you give me the link to the Facebook support group for IGT moms? I couldn’t find it by searching…

Lisa C says:

Oops, I just found it after trying a search again: https://www.facebook.com/groups/IGTmamas/

Can I just say how AWESOME this concept/resource is!!! Brilliant idea :D