A transgender woman has become the first in the world to breastfeed her baby without the help of gender reassignment surgery. The 30-year-old woman, who has not been identified, told doctors at Mt Sinai’s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery that her partner was pregnant but did not wish to breastfeed, and she hoped to try instead.
For little over three months before the child’s birth, the woman was given a dose of hormone replacement therapy obtained from Canada. She was also using a breast pump to be able to produce at least eight ounces of milk per day.
She began to produce enough milk just in time. After the birth of the baby, she was able to breastfeed for six weeks and continued doing so for six months while incorporating other foods. Do Read: Breastfeeding Helps Reduce Hypertension Post Menopause.
The team of doctors noted that the woman had not undergone any gender reassignment surgeries such as breast augmentation or vaginoplasty which would have triggered hormonal changes.
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.’
The patient, who was in good health with no medical issues, had started a hormone regimen independently of Mt Sinai in 2011.
The story of her case is published in the journal Transgender Health.
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