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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 Azuma Hazuki on Saturday February 17 2018, @11:07PM (11 children)

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Saturday February 17 2018, @11:07PM (#639504) Journal

    Okay, I *know* why this works, it's because men technically have breasts too, they just don't develop. But...why? Why do this? With the amount of drugs it takes, feeding the resulting milk to a baby sounds really, really unsafe.

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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 17 2018, @11:29PM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 17 2018, @11:29PM (#639510)

    Careful, if you don't approve this story 100% some conservative brains may implode.

    • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 18 2018, @12:30AM (5 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 18 2018, @12:30AM (#639535)

      Careful, if you don't approve this story 100% some conservative brains may implode.

      I really don't understand this, by what measure are TERFs (for example) conservatives?

      Most of the public rejects the transgender agenda and it's not because they're bigoted, prejudiced or even hostile towards transgender individuals. It's because accepting the genetic differences of our sexually dimorphic species implies rejecting the fake narrative that men and women are interchangeable. [youtube.com]

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 18 2018, @01:42AM (3 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 18 2018, @01:42AM (#639557)

        Because Azuma is usually quite vocal about such issues, so to hear any form of critique might indeed make some heads explode.

      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Azuma Hazuki on Sunday February 18 2018, @05:37AM

        by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Sunday February 18 2018, @05:37AM (#639614) Journal

        I'm not a TERF. I actually have over half a dozen trans* friends, though more of them are FtM (talk about invisible...) than MtF.

        TERFs are idiots anyway; they're living examples of the Horseshoe Effect, and a corollary to it that the more virulently hateful two disparate groups at ostensibly opposite sides of the spectrum are, the more closely they'll horseshoe-up when they come to a common enemy. I seriously cannot tell most TERF arguments from most hardcore Evangelical Christian arguments, aside from less tendency to cite the Bible.

        There are differences between the sexes. There is a biological basis for *some* of gender and gender roles, but I'd argue a good deal of it is performative. The very existence of trans* people supports that hypothesis, incidentally; the "transgenders think gender is entirely made up" narrative is precisely counter to that, because if gender were really "just a social construct" (another term of abuse) there would be no driving need for people to change it, I would think.

        I also remember reading somewhere that there's a correlation between dissociative or depersonalization/derealization episodes and gender dysphoria, which would seem to support that there's something physical underpinning it. It's not something I can understand firsthand, but seeing Aaron and Kevin (previously Paige and Katherine) so much happier and more normal-feeling post-transition than before is enough to get me to accept them for who they are.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 17 2018, @11:38PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 17 2018, @11:38PM (#639514)

    Sounds unsafe != IS unsafe.

    Since medical professionals were involved, it seems unlikely they would have participated if it was knowingly unsafe.

    TFA mentions that only subtle long term effects are genuinely in question. And such would have to be measured on a larger scale to obtain any meaningful results.

    Science now has official sample #1.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by PinkyGigglebrain on Sunday February 18 2018, @08:44AM (1 child)

      by PinkyGigglebrain (4458) on Sunday February 18 2018, @08:44AM (#639657)

      "Since medical professionals were involved, it seems unlikely they would have participated if it was knowingly unsafe."

      At the risk of invoking Godwin I would point out that Dr. Josef Mengele was a "medical professional" as well.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 18 2018, @04:43PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 18 2018, @04:43PM (#639737)

        Correct, therefore we should always assume all doctors are evil or incompetent Nazis. Right?

        Or is it just because this procedure involves penises and breasts and is therefore somehow magically evil?

  • (Score: 2) by mrpg on Saturday February 17 2018, @11:53PM

    by mrpg (5708) <mrpgNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Saturday February 17 2018, @11:53PM (#639522) Homepage
    Right:

    Men have breast tissue just like women, but their breasts are less developed. Breast cancer in men is similar to the disease in women, but there are some differences. For the most part, breast cancer in men is treated like breast cancer in women who have reached menopause (when the ovaries stop making estrogen).

    Less than 1% of all breast cancers occur in men. Researchers estimate that 230 new cases of breast cancer in men will be diagnosed in Canada in 2017 and that 60 men will die from the disease.

    Breast cancer in men [cancer.ca]