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Transgender woman breastfeeds baby in first recorded case, study says

From BBC - February 15, 2018

A transgender woman has been able to breastfeed a baby in the first recorded case of its kind, researchers say.

The 30-year-old wanted to breastfeed after her pregnant partner said she did not want to do it herself, according to the Transgender Health journal.

She was able to breastfeed after taking a course of drugs and breast pumping, the US case report said.

A UK expert said the "exciting" research could lead to more cases of transgender women breastfeeding.

The woman had been on hormone replacement therapy for six years, but had not gender reassignment surgery, when she approached doctors with the aim of breastfeeding the child.

Before the baby was born, doctors put her on a three-and-a-half-month course of treatment to help her artificially produce milk, usually given to women who have adopted babies or who have them via surrogates.

This included breast pumping, taking hormones produced by biological mothers, a drug which can stimulate milk production and a male hormone blocker.

As a result, the woman was able to produce a "modest but functional" amount of breast milk - some 8oz a day.

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