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Topic: Breasts, Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia, Medical, Resource

This article is written for health care providers and lactation specialists to help them understand the unique breastfeeding challenges a woman affected by hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (HED) may experience.

Because the effects of HED are not well known, care providers might assume the breastfeeding challenges a mom encounters are because the mom is or is not doing something correctly when it reality it’s caused by the genetic disorder she has.

Learn about HED and how it affects the body, including breast development in women. It lists findings from a key research study from Wahlbuhl-Becker et al. (2017).

Find out what you need to know to help your patient with expectations and issues they may face when they attempt to breastfeed their baby. These facts will help you support your patient.

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