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Transgender woman able to breastfeed in possible first

15 February 2018

However, the patient had not underwent any gender reassignment surgeries, breast augmentation or vaginoplasty.

The patient took a gradually increasing regimen of the female hormones progesterone and estradiol, stimulated her chest with a breast milk pump, and took domperidone, a nausea medication known to increase milk production.

Dr Tamar Reisman, who treated her at the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, said she was "thrilled" by the outcome.

The woman, 30, said that she had decided even before her child was born that she would breastfeed.

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Still, the procedure could soon be an option for other transgender women, as well as mothers who adopt or have trouble breastfeeding, if it's proven to be safe and effective.

A transgender woman in the United States has become the first to breastfeed a newborn baby. She took the treatment for three months.

Both Reisman and Goldstein concluded that more research is needed to determine how to induce lactation without the use of a banned drug. Combined with frequent breast pumping, she was successfully able to produce eight ounces of milk a day. She is also concerned about the nutritional values of the breast milk produced by transgender women.

Following months of hormone therapy previous year, doctors say she might be the first reported transgender woman in academic literature to breast-feed, according to a case study published last month in the peer-reviewed journal Transgender Health.

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According to the study, the transgender woman breastfed the baby for the first six weeks after birth and later on had to supplement the breastfeeding with formula as she was unable to produce enough milk.

She then continued to breastfeed alongside using formula until the infant was six months old. The dosages were reportedly obtained from Canada. At the time that the study was published, the baby was approaching six months old. "Although it is not entirely clear which ones were primarily responsible, it may be that the use of a breast pump alone would have been sufficient to increase prolactin, the hormone necessary to produce milk". Deutsch has a child of her own and empathizes with transgender parents, but says that inducing lactation is "not something I would do".

The treatment has been hailed as a breakthrough by some, but doctor and transgender woman Madeline Deutsch, said that the science behind it is lacking.

A transgender woman has become the first in the world to breastfeed her baby after undergoing hormone treatment.

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Transgender woman able to breastfeed in possible first