Breakthrough? In a world's first, transgender woman able to breastfeed her baby

Breakthrough? In a world's first, transgender woman able to breastfeed her baby

Speaking to Daily Mail Online, the patient's doctor Tamar Reisman, MD, said the milestone was a breakthrough for transgender medicine, adding: 'We are happy that the patient shared her experience with us, and we are happy to help our patients build happy, healthy, transgender families'.

Reisman and Goldstein, a nurse practitioner and a programme manager respectively, enabled the transgender woman to breastfeed her baby for the first six weeks of its life by inducing lactation.

Only a month after her regimen began, the woman was able to "express droplets of milk".

The anonymous USA trans woman continued for at least six months, giving the baby a mixture of formula and breast milk.

The patient was producing enough milk to exclusively breastfeed for six weeks, and then continue feeding the baby along with other sources of nutrition for another six months.

The woman, 30, told doctors that her partner was pregnant but not interested in breastfeeding and that she hoped to be the child's primary food source.

"We believe that this is the first formal report in the medical literature of induced lactation in a transgender woman", Reisman and Goldstein noted in their medical paper.

"The transgender woman came to our clinic with the goal of being able to breastfeed her adopted infant".

"Future investigation will be required to determine the optimal treatment regimen for induced lactation in transgender women", Reisman and Goldstein concluded in their study.

The FDA explains that there are "serious risks associated with domperidone" and they took action on the drug because of the risks associated while patients were using it to enhance breast milk production. Now, in the wake of this success, the world of transgender health has been changed forever. "During that time the child's pediatrician reported that the child's growth, feeding, and bowel habits were developmentally appropriate", the report stated.

The patient had been following a feminising hormone regime since 2011.

Experiments on rats show it may be a cancer risk.

One of the drugs used to boost her milk supply - domperidone - was bought from Canada, as it is not approved for sale in the U.S.

"We know that breastfeeding has a lot of benefits".

Over a three month period she gradually started to produce more and more milk, and two weeks before the baby arrived she was producing eight ounces a day.

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