Tubular Hypoplastic Breasts
Tubular breasts are underdeveloped breasts. This is when a woman has
insufficient breast tissue “milk producing cells” inside her breasts.
This will cause her to either have no milk at all or a very low milk
This condition is also called hypoplasia, tubular breast syndrome or tuberous breast.
What do Hypoplastic Breasts Look Like?
- Tuberous breasts are usually flat against the chest wall and often look like empty hanging sacks.
- The nipple and areola area is often swollen (or enlarged) and bulging at the tip.
- Hypoplastic breasts are usually far spaced from each other.
- They often have a tubular appearance to them and are mostly quite small.
- The two breasts are also often not the same size “lopsided“.
Other Signs Associated with Tubular Breasts
- Lack of breast changes during puberty.
- The breasts don’t seem to become larger or engorged during pregnancy.
- There is no engorgement after giving birth.
What Causes Tubular Breast Deformity?
- A lack of progesterone prohibits the growth of the alveoli “milk producing cells”.
Read more about the hormones involved in the development of breast tissue and the process of lactation.
- Pesticides have been linked with this condition. Women who live in agricultural valleys, have been found to have poor breast gland development.
- PCOS can cause hypoplasia. The best person to see about this issue if you have PCOS, is an endocrinologist because the regular FP or OB/GYNs won’t know how to help you.
How to Produce more Milk with a Tuberous Breast Deformity
- Managing metabolic issues, such as PCOS and hypothyroidism can help.
- Increased stimulation like
breastfeeding on demand
and pumping in-between feedings.
- Ask your doctor about natural progesterone during your pregnancy.
Progesterone will stimulate the growth of glandular tissue during
for increasing milk supply.
for extra stimulation.
- Use a supplementary feeding device so that you can breastfeed while
baby is receiving donor milk / formula. This will stimulate your breasts
while your baby is feeding.
Read more about the use of a lactation aid.
- Women with tubular breasts, have been found to produce more milk
with their second or third pregnancies because of the hormones produced
with each that increase growth of milk glands.
Tubular Breast Reconstruction
Hypoplastic tubular breasts can look normal after surgery, but a woman
must then realize that her chances of breastfeeding after surgery are
very slim, since surgery cannot fix hypoplasia internally by adding
glands, it can only fix the outward appearance and during surgery there
is always some glandular tissue that is destroyed.
Picture of tuberous breast before and after…
Picture source for tubular hypoplastic breasts (www.valenciasurgery.com )
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Other pages on “breastfeeding problems” connected to this page on breastfeeding with tubular breasts
- Are my breasts normal?
- Hypothyroidism and breastfeeding
- Support for moms that cannot breastfeed
- Breastfeeding after breast surgery
- Endocrine and metabolic conditions
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