One of our biggest frustrations in the lactation/breastfeeding support arena is that we have so little information to offer mothers who have a physiological barrier to breastfeeding — their bodies just don’t produce milk, even after other problems have been solved. I described this condition in this post at KellyMom.com.
Penny Liberatos, Ph.D. (New York Medical College) and I have launched a study, and we need as many mothers with hypoplasia/insufficient glandular tissue as possible to participate. This is the first study to comprehensively investigate the histories and experiences of breastfeeding women with low milk production due to mammary hypoplasia/insufficient glandular tissue (IGT). We have full IRB approval and intend to publish our findings, which we hope will be used to provide information and education to those who support breastfeeding mothers, as well as to inform future study of this population. Please share this link with mothers you know who may have hypoplasia/IGT, and if you found this post because YOU think hypoplasia/IGT might be contributing to your breastfeeding difficulties, please participate!
Thank you to everyone who has already completed the study — our first round of data analysis is underway. The time and care that went into each response is evident and is immensely appreciated.