When you get pregnant, your body changes (duh). One of the most common changes happens in your boobs (double duh). But sometimes your boobs change in ways that you don’t at all expect. Today we hear from two women whose boobs caught them off-guard, back when they became moms.

First, there’s Emily, whose nipples seemed to, uh, multiply. Which wound up making for a super awkward exchange with her dad.

Emily (center) with her sister and mother

Emily (center) with her sister and mother

Emily's dad with her children Elsa and Wesley

Emily’s dad with her children Elsa and Wesley

Then there’s Tara, whose boob betrayed her at age 26, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Except it’s her *other* boob that’s really the star of this story.

Tara dyed her hair when she found out she needed chemo

Tara dyed her hair when she found out she needed chemo

And then shaved it off since she was gonna lose it anyway And then shaved it off since she was gonna lose it anyway[/caption

Tune in to hear all about Tara’s boob dichotomy. And… how to pick the perfect breast prosthetic. (See Tara’s collection below)


We’ll be back next week with a second boobs episode. Because, y’know. Boobs.

What’s YOUR boob story?
How have they surprised you, as a parent or just as a person?

Photo credit for featured image: Sean Cole. Special thanks to a few doctors—Amy Cheng, Beverly Friedlander, and Scott Prawer—for help with fact checking this episode.

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20 thoughts on “EPISODE #108: Boobs

  1. I have been a fan of the podcast for quite some time, but I have to comment for the first time after listening to this episode, which I loved. It reminded me of our both our individuality and commonalities as women. I must confess, since I am a lactation consultant by profession, I have maybe a more defined interest in breasts (or boobs) than others might, so my interest was piqued from just the title, but as a woman, mother and human, I felt some intense emotion while listening. Thanks Hillary and the whole LST team for making such great, intriguing content. You inspired me to write a blog post of my own :)

  2. Emily, ME TOO!
    I had two accessory breasts (love this name) under my arms removed when they started to develop when I was around 19 years old. I was mortified.
    When my milk came in with both babies, the area under my arms filled with milk but there was no outlet. I wore ice packs under my arms for 2 days until the swelling subsided and the area stopped making milk. Ugh.
    Just wanted to thank you for telling your story. For something that is “so common”, I never hear others talk about this.

  3. I am a long time listener, first time responder! I am not your typical target audience, 25 year old doctor from Australia, no kids, not married. I fell in love with your podcast last year, when I listened to the episode 90 “A childless man makes edible placenta”. I have then gone on to listen to all future and past episodes.
    My interest in a podcast about parenting probably comes from something deeper. This is where my connection to this podcast comes into play.
    Being the youngest of 3 children, I have always been very maternal, and longed to have my own children to care for. This may have been a product of me being the youngest and not having any younger siblings or cousins to care for, or also because my aunt and uncle had their own fertility problems. Having over 30 failed IVF attempts and one failed attempt at surrogacy (my mother on the other end), left them exhausted, depressed and incredibly lonely. That is not to say that everyone who chooses not to have children lives a lonely life, but for 2 people who spent over 20 years trying to make something happen that never happened, it was truly heartbreaking. It was heartbreaking to see people you love go through that as well. And thus, my greatest fear was born. From the age of 10, my greatest fear in life was that I would never be able to have children.
    This is where my story begins. At the age of 16, I was diagnosed with a sarcoma, a cancer which would required me to have extensive treatments rendering me infertile. In Tara’s story, you spoke about how the chemotherapy can cause infertility, but I had another demon to contend with. My tumour, my massive grapefruit sized tumour, was in my pelvis. I needed radiotherapy, which meant that my ovaries and my uterus would not be spared from the radiation beams. Long story cut short, I became a 17 year old menopausal girl, sharing the experience of hot flashes with my mother. Oh boy, I have so many stories to share, both funny and sad.
    Anyway, my biggest fear became a reality, not only were my ovaries not able to produce eggs, my uterus could not longer house a foetus. The absence of any period or bleeding meant that my uterus was pretty much useless. However, my maternal instinct still exists, and I love listening caring for my little neice and still hope to have my own children one day. Your podcast provides me with a bit of humour and comfort in a world that so many people view as being simple. Not in the slightest! If you would like to hear more about my story, and about how I have come to terms with my fertility, please contact me. There are many details I just couldn’t explain in this one comment. Despite being all the way in Australia, maybe my story can help others who have struggled and had to come to peace with their fertility. Kindest and warmest regards, your friend in Oz

  4. I love your show! I want to thank you for Tara’s story. I didn’t have cancer or anything, but have always had asymmetrical breasts that I struggled with for much of my late adolescence and early adulthood–I wanted to love myself for how I was outside of conventions of female beauty, but felt very self-conscious. I ultimately chose to get one breast reduced in my early twenties, although it wasn’t perfect, still a little bigger and somewhat different in shape and feel.

    Fast forward to 35 and I had my baby. I was looking forward to breastfeeding, but neither boob seemed to be changing much during pregnancy; still, I got the same advice Tara got all along, and even in the first few days of my baby’s life…. just try and see what happens. After a roller coaster first week with the joy of her first latch and early bonding, to the niggling fear that she wasn’t getting enough food even though everyone was trying to convince me she was fine, to having that fear confirmed by a lactation consultant, to pumping around the clock to try to increase supply and getting almost nothing , to learning how to breastfeed with a supplemental nursing system using gourmet formula from Germany, to realizing that I was now overfeeding my baby because my supply was larger than I thought, we eventually settled into a breastfeeding-formula combo routine. My baby is now almost a year old and she still gets some of my breast milk… all from the smaller boob! I rarely feel myself getting “full” and rarely see much evidence of the milk, but somehow she’s getting it! I could really relate to Tara’s feelings about her different boobs and finally coming to peace with them.

    Thanks Tara (and Emily) for sharing and thanks again LST for bringing these stories to us… I’m pretty sure there is nowhere else I could have heard this and I found it very touching.

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