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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, Interesting) by Subsentient on Sunday February 18 2018, @09:18AM (1 child)

    by Subsentient (1111) on Sunday February 18 2018, @09:18AM (#639663) Homepage Journal
    I wait to see the day when they can reprogram every cell in the body to be genetically female, with no difference with a "natural" female. That will be quite interesting. I hope it comes to pass, too.

    I understand the people saying it's not natural. I agree wholeheartedly. That doesn't mean it's bad. Something I guess a lot of people never fully grasp is this:

    Nature is your enemy.

    No, I don't mean the environment or ecosystem, I mean darwinian evolution. It's correct, proven, and totally horrific. Wasteful, incredibly inefficient, and unfathomably cruel. How many hundreds of millions of years did it take humans to evolve from the first land-faring animals, and how quickly have we built machines that can calculate millions of times faster and better than our own brains?

    Mother nature is the abusive, mentally unstable crackwhore mother who beat you with steel chains every night and forced you to rape your sister at age 8. If your real mother was like that, would you still revere her and demand respect for her?

    Whatever humanity can do to vomit down the throat of natural law is progress in my view.

    Of course, we'll eventually just have to give up on biology and become machines, *eventually*.
    "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." -Jiddu Krishnamurti
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 20 2018, @10:11AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 20 2018, @10:11AM (#640574)

    You sound Jewish.