Transgender Women Able To Breastfeed

Samuel Reason | February 16th, 2018

A transgender woman was able to happily produce healthy milk to feed her partner’s newborn child. A new report that was following the case shows she was able to breastfeed the baby for six weeks without any issues.

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This is a groundbreaking report and the first medical document of its kind that confirms transgender women would be able to breastfeed their children. Which is happy news for any transgender women interesting in being a mother?

Researchers advised this is the first study to follow lactation in a transgender woman. They are carrying out the study because they want their patients to have every option on the table when it comes to reproductive choices. Breastfeeding definitely is a vital part of motherhood and helps create that bond between a mother and their newborn.

After completing a treatment of hormonal therapy the transgender woman was able to breastfeed. The therapy is not quick though, this is a long grueling 3-month course of taking the correct doses of hormones. The process also does require the use of a breast pump, much like the same treatment that is used for a woman who is unable to produce their own breast milk. This is because a breast pump which is a mechanical device that can extract the milk does help stimulate lactation for women who have a lower milk supply.

As surprising as this study may seem, it was actually long known that males can produce milk. For example, there have been many cases of men who have to take a hormonal treatment to fight cancer starting to produce milk. Though it is rarer for a man to produce enough milk to fill up his breasts and start lactating. This is due to the huge difference in hormone levels between men and women.

Even with these differences, the study was able to help a transgender women lactate enough to feed her newborn child for six weeks. And it could have potentially been longer, however, to avoid any risk to the baby she decided to use formula after six weeks.

This really goes to show how close the sexes are anatomically speaking. There is not really that much that separates females and males, meaning that with the proper treatment and hormonal therapy it is possible for transgender people to allow their bodies to be closer to their gender.

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