Transgender woman becomes the first in the world to breastfeed

Ebony Scott
February 17, 2018

Basically, the testicles were still there and functioning.

With a special type hormone replacement therapy, a trans woman's wish to breastfeed her newborn has not only became a reality, but made history.

The case is described in the journal Transgender Health. She also continues to adhere to the medication regiment prescribed to her.

A transgender woman in the United States has become the first known in the world to be able to breastfeed her baby.

Easier said than done. Dr. Tamar Reisman, of Mount Sinai hospital in NY, was one of the authors.

Spironolactone blocks the production of testosterone, while estradiol, a type of estrogen, boosts the feminine hormones. Later, the doctors reduced those hormones to mimic childbirth.

The patient was given additional supplements to induce lactation and told to use a breast pump, the study said. As of 2015, Health Canada has not received any reports of serious heart-related adverse effects in anyone of childbearing age taking domperidone. Its four elements included the drug domperidone, which increases prolactin levels.

The drugs were able to trigger lactation in the body, allowing the woman to breastfeed her son for the first six weeks of his life and it was the baby's only source of food in that time, with physicians saying he is growing normally. The patient breastfed exclusively for 6 weeks. During that time the child's pediatrician reported that the child's growth, feeding, and bowel habits were developmentally appropriate.

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Only a month after her regimen began, the woman was able to "express droplets of milk". At the time that the study was published, the baby was approaching six months old.

The wonders of breastfeeding are irreplaceable. They wrote that it was unclear which parts of the regimen were most beneficial to producing milk. It boggles the mind.

Induced lactation is the practice of bringing about an increased milk supply in non-lactating women.

Breast milk is considered the best form of nutrition for infants.

Her breasts were Tanner stage IV.

But Madeline Deutsch, a doctor and associate professor at the medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, said there has not been adequate research.

In a first, a transgender woman has been able to breastfeed her baby, the Daily Mail reported.

Doctor Deutsch is reluctant on this matter because there is no available information as to whether the medication used was transferred to the baby. However, the study's authors aren't sure if their trans patient's breast milk contains the same nutritional properties as milk from a cisgender mother.

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