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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday February 17 2018, @05:40PM   Printer-friendly
from the (breast)-milk-does-a-body-good dept.

Transgender woman is first to be able to breastfeed her baby

A 30-year-old transgender woman has become the first officially recorded to breastfeed her baby. An experimental three-and-a-half-month treatment regimen, which included hormones, a nausea drug and breast stimulation, enabled the woman to produce 227 grams of milk a day.

"This is a very big deal," says Joshua Safer of Boston Medical Center, who was not involved with the treatment. "Many transgender women are looking to have as many of the experiences of non-transgender women as they can, so I can see this will be extremely popular."

The transgender woman had been receiving feminising hormonal treatments for several years before she started the lactation treatment. These included spironolactone, which is thought to block the effects of testosterone, and progesterone and a type of oestrogen. This regimen enabled her to develop breasts that looked fully grown, according to a medical scale that assesses breast development based on appearance. She had not had any breast augmentation surgery.

When her partner was five-and-a-half-months pregnant, the woman sought medical treatment from Tamar Reisman and Zil Goldstein at Mount Sinai's Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York City. Her partner had no interest in breastfeeding, she explained, so she would like to take on that role instead.

The milk produced was supplemented by formula because a baby typically needs 500 grams of milk per day at 5 days old.

Related: President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Says Transgender Women Could Give Birth


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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by linkdude64 on Saturday February 17 2018, @09:57PM (5 children)

    by linkdude64 (5482) on Saturday February 17 2018, @09:57PM (#639476)

    Just like they buried the story of David Reimer. The Left: They "Fucking Love Science" until it conflicts with their worldview.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Reimer [wikipedia.org]

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 17 2018, @11:26PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 17 2018, @11:26PM (#639509)

    "The Right", ignorant dicks who only agree with science that confirms their prejudices.

  • (Score: 2) by SanityCheck on Sunday February 18 2018, @04:13AM (2 children)

    by SanityCheck (5190) on Sunday February 18 2018, @04:13AM (#639590)

    Remember that story. I will never have my son circumcised after reading "penis accidentally destroyed."

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 18 2018, @05:30PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 18 2018, @05:30PM (#639749)

      Why would you have considered doing that at all?

      • (Score: 2) by SanityCheck on Monday February 19 2018, @01:35AM

        by SanityCheck (5190) on Monday February 19 2018, @01:35AM (#639905)

        Why would you have considered doing that at all?

        If you must know: Genetics. I had issue with foreskin not retracting, so I had a different kind of procedure done when I was around 10, not fun. I figured my son might run into similar issue.

  • (Score: 2) by Entropy on Sunday February 18 2018, @11:58AM

    by Entropy (4228) on Sunday February 18 2018, @11:58AM (#639675)

    Yikes. That's a really tragic story.