We have crossed the bridge of changing gender to that of enhancing that biologically, transgender people do everything as the gender to which they switch to. This has become very true after the documentation of the first case in which a transgendered woman is able to breastfeed her child.
This was achieved by a 30-year-old woman who instead of having breast augmentation, opted for a three-month drug treatment. During the time and treatment, she underwent hormone therapy, a nausea drug, as well as physical breast stimulation.
In the experimental stage, this process was able to help the woman to produce up to 227 grams of milk a day. The transgendered woman undertook a hormonal treatment for several years and after that was done, she began the lactation treatment which included spironolactone. What this does is to stop the effects of testosterone, and progesterone and a type of estrogen.
It was thanks to this that she was able to develop breasts that are fully grown without any surgery as is the normal practice.
During the 6 weeks period that she had the treatment, she was given nausea drug called domperidone to trigger breastmilk since there was no prolactin which is said to stimulate the production of breastmilk in women available in labs. The drug used has been delivered to be able to boost breastmilk, even though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against it. In fact, it has warned against the usage of the drug in the US market completely since 2004 for any purpose. This is even as there is evidence that it increase breastmilk production.
Even as she was undergoing the treatment, the woman was also increasing doses of the hormones estrogen, progesterone and spironolactone, just as she started stimulating her breasts by using a breast pump.
A month was all it took to have her begin to drop milk and soon it was up to 227 grams with which she was breastfeeding her child.
This may, however, not be without some effects or interactions. According to Joshua Safer of Boston Medical Center, even without drugs, the stimulation of the breast can help in its development and he doesn’t see any reason why it shouldn’t produce milk. That said, the breasts milk after the treatment has not been assessed to see if it has the same properties as that of a non-transgendered woman and if it very good on the development of the baby.
He has gone on to reveal that “Many transgender women are looking to have as many of the experiences of non-transgender women as they can, so I can see this will be extremely popular.”
If it all turns out positive, experts do not only believe that it will help transgendered people, but that it may also help women who are unable to breastfeed because they adopt their kids or because of other reasons.