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    Default Can I breast feed with Poland's Syndrome?

    Hi all,

    I'm only 6 weeks pregnant and when I found out I was pregnant, I asked my local GP about Breastfeeding with my condition (Poland's Syndrome) and he wasn't sure what to tell me because of the rarity of my condition. I will most likely have to ask a specialist to get my answer, but I figured I'd take my chances online on the off chance I find someone else out there like me

    Basically, I'm missing my left pectoralis (commonly known as "pecs") muscle and my left breast didn't develop as a result. When I was 14 years old, I had a breast expander implanted in my chest (much like a regular breast implant, only you can 'expand' mine to keep my breasts even as my right side developed with puberty) and I'm not sure if I'm able to breastfeed with it. I know you are able to breast feed with implants in general, but I wasn't sure if my case is different because of the muscle I'm missing and lack of breast I developed.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance

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    I'm not sure if you would be able to breastfeed from the breast with the expander implant, but if not you can always breastfeed from just one breast and not the other, like mums with twins just give the babies one breast each.
    You could also contact the ABA too, they might know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleBug'sMum View Post
    I'm not sure if you would be able to breastfeed from the breast with the expander implant, but if not you can always breastfeed from just one breast and not the other, like mums with twins just give the babies one breast each.
    You could also contact the ABA too, they might know.
    Give the ABA a ring, if they don't know they'll be able to point you in the right direction.

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    It would depend on whether or not the milk ducts etc developed dispite the absence of the pectoral muscle. If the they did develop, you should still be able to feed from that breast. That said, there is absolutely no reason why you could not feed exclusively from one breast only, plenty of mummas have done it, and very sucessfully too!! I know of a mumma who tandem fed a toddler and new baby from her one breast. If you are commited to breastfeeding your child you will find a way. Good Luck.

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    For anyone interested, I got in contact with the ABA and this is the end of the email they sent me that I'm quite excited about

    "In summary before getting the answers to some of my questions, you will be able to breastfeed, with good chances to even breastfeed exclusively, even if that has to be from one breast. On the other hand you may have to be aware and prepare yourself for the fact that some supplementation may be necessary. How do you feel about this?

    I may conclude here for now. Maybe you find some time to answer my questions, so that we can focus our discussion via mail a bit more.

    I would really like to stay in contact with you and to support you on your way. Or you could of course choose any other breastfeeding counsellor, especially, if you would prefer personal contact.

    If you would like to stay in contact, I could even write a case history for our research center, as we have no data on polands syndrome yet. If you would agree to that we would have to stay in contact during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, so that I could take notes of many aspects related to those phases. Of course, we do not publish any identifying details, to protect the mother's privacy. If you would be interested in helping us to collect some data I would send you a form with some guidelines and copyright assignment form to sign."

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    hi....just thought id reply as i was in the same boat. i have polands and had an expander. When i had my baby girl she was fine on the breast and still is at nearly 5 months. the only thing is...my left breast (the larger one) has grown and my breast affected hasnt grown as much leaving me back where i was before i had surgery :-( Also, something has gone wrong with my implant,,i think the scare tissue is squeezing it or something and its gone a funny shape and i have streatchmarks, my consultant thinks that this may be because of the hormones. He said that my larger breast will reduce but will leave lots of spare skin and i will definately need more surgery. Saying all this,,,i am glad i breastfed and am planning on breastfeeding if i have more children. i thought id let u know as no-one told me this would happen and was shocked when it did, so now u know :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pagiepuss View Post
    hi....just thought id reply as i was in the same boat. i have polands and had an expander. When i had my baby girl she was fine on the breast and still is at nearly 5 months. the only thing is...my left breast (the larger one) has grown and my breast affected hasnt grown as much leaving me back where i was before i had surgery :-( Also, something has gone wrong with my implant,,i think the scare tissue is squeezing it or something and its gone a funny shape and i have streatchmarks, my consultant thinks that this may be because of the hormones. He said that my larger breast will reduce but will leave lots of spare skin and i will definately need more surgery. Saying all this,,,i am glad i breastfed and am planning on breastfeeding if i have more children. i thought id let u know as no-one told me this would happen and was shocked when it did, so now u know :-)

    Oh you have no idea how excited I am to meet someone else with Poland's Syndrome, I've only ever met one person in real life who has it and they were male, so it didn't effect them so much.

    Would you mind me emailing you? I have a lot of questions but don't want to flood the board with them

    stacey@ad0rkable.com is my email address if you don't mind emailing.

    Hope to hear from you soon!

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    Default Poland's & breastfeeding

    Hi Poland's people! I don't mean to flood the board with this stuff either but I also have PS and was thrilled to read these posts! Thanks ad0rkable for your original post and for reporting your conversation with the ABA. I couldn't work out who to contact there! I have no pecs and also had an implant and reconstructive work at 14 but since the surgeon removed all the breast tissue that was there I assume I have no milk ducts left. Pagiepus, do you mean you'll need reduction surgery on the growing breast or the expanded one? Is the difference very obvious?

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    hi. yes the difference is really noticeable. i have to wear padding to make them look right. im not sure what surgery i will b having. the consultant said the breast will most definately go back down after breastfeeding but it will leave lots of spare skin...so im guessing the surgery will be tofix this, but i also need surgery to replace the implant i have, im thinking of having diep flap surgery in the future x

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    Hello all! I just found bubhub today, while searching for info on PS and breastfeeding. It seems this string is a few months old, but does anyone have any new news? Have you had the baby/babies and been successful? How are the implants holding up? Were you all wonky again while pregnant with one large breast and one not? Oh the horrors of returning to puberty with uneven breasts before the implants! I'm just trying to get pregnant now but am worried about this as well. Any advice is much appreciated (and more info on that study someone referred to). I've never met another PS person anywhere. Thanks all!


 

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