History Is Made: First Transgender Woman Breastfeeds Her Baby

Date February 19, 2018

Current studies suggest that there are at least 1.4 million transgender adults in the US. This accounts for 0.6% of the country’s population. As at five years ago, the Williams Institute of U.C.L.A. School of Law pegged the number at 0.3%.

Gender reassignment is gaining popularity although the price for procedures remains high. Costs range from $5.000 to $100.000. Despite the constant clamor against gender reassignment, the government is not in any position to rule against it.

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First transgender woman to breastfeed a baby

A 30-year-old transgender woman approached doctors at a hospital in New York. She said she wanted to be able to breastfeed her adopted baby. The woman explained that her partner was not keen on the breastfeeding experience. Therefore, she opted to take over the task.

This scenario posed a challenge seeing as it had never been done before. Still, the doctors prescribed a cocktail of drugs that included estradiol and progesterone.

Within a month, the woman was producing milk, albeit in droplets. With continuous administrations, and three months later, the woman was producing as much as eight ounces of milk every day.

By the end of the program, the woman was able to produce enough milk to sustain her baby for six weeks.

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Dr. Tamar Reisman and Zil Goldstein are the medical practitioners who conducted the study. They state that this is the first ever documented experience of a transgender woman lactating. Thomas Beatie, Trystan Reese, and Kaci Sullivan are transgender individuals who gained acclaim for having carried babies to term. They did not breastfeed their babies.

Maria Clifford, 38, a British transgender mother, has some concerns about the development.

Breast milk is the most important product for the development of a child. We need to make sure it’s pure and hormone free.

Further study is still being conducted in the area. The baby is now 6 months old and still healthy.

These celebrities don't have qualms breastfeeding

Doctors posit that breastfeeding keeps them healthier than their peers who are fed formula. In addition, breastfed babies tend to fare better in IQ tests.

Although a lot of people still frown on breastfeeding, especially in public, some celebrities seem to have no issues at all with it. Liv Tyler got a lot of support from fans after she posted this selfie if herself breastfeeding her baby.

Tess Holliday has also come under fire for her indiscreet breastfeeding in the past. But like Liv, she never took notice of the backtalk.

Do you think it is a good idea to induce lactation in transgender women? Is it safe for babies? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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