History Is Made: First Transgender Woman Breastfeeds Her Baby
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.
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.
Transgender women can breastfeed. That's a biological reality now thanks to science, and Dr. Tamar Reisman and Zil Goldstein at the Mt. Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine. The breast was the baby’s exclusive food source for its first six weeks of life! https://t.co/iyeAdrB3vD
— Paris Lees (@parislees) February 11, 2018
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.
A 30-year-old #transgender woman has become the first to be able to breastfeed her baby. Her experimental treatment regimen, which included hormones, a nausea drug and breast stimulation, enabled her to produce 227 grams of milk a day https://t.co/GqwyjMvcs8 #LGBT #trans
— LGBT+ News (@mondokoosh) February 15, 2018
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.
— Tania Andrusiak (@tandrusiak) February 14, 2018
By the end of the program, the woman was able to produce enough milk to sustain her baby for six weeks.
I literally did this last year. I learned how to do it from someone who had done it like five years before that. https://t.co/9dSEzU37XT
— imogen binnie (@imogenbinnie) February 15, 2018
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.
Trans women have been inducing lactation and breastfeeding ever since HRT was a thing, people. But yes, this is the "first formal report" because the establishment is always waaaaaaaay behind us. https://t.co/XYLAz2zI0u
— The first trans woman to have a Twítter account (@AmyDentata) February 15, 2018
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.
"the woman decided to try using a nausea drug called domperidone.... The US Food and Drug Administration has previously warned that it shouldn’t be used for this purpose. She took it with increasing doses of the hormones oestrogen, progesterone and spironolactone."
— Graham Sutton (@grahamjsutton) February 14, 2018
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.