Some time ago, doctors Tamar Reisman and nurse Zil Goldstein was visited by a transgender woman who expressed her intention to be able to breastfeed the baby being conceived by her partner.
The transgender woman consulted Reisman and Goldstein for medical treatment so that the child could get milk from her breast. Because, the couple refused to breastfeed a child who will be born later.
As reported by the New Scientist on Wednesday (2/14/2018), transgender women finally managed to breastfeed her son.
The incident incised a new history in the medical world because he became the first transjender that directly provide milk to the child from her breasts.
For six weeks, the 30-year-old transgender woman was able to produce as much as 227 grams of milk per day, although initially the milk that came out just drop by drop.
“It’s the first time there’s a transgender woman who can breastfeed, reported in medical literature,” Reisman and Goldstein said as quoted by New Scientist on Wednesday (14/2/2018)
Reisman and Goldstein remain concerned about the child’s growth. Because the baby should receive 500 grams of breast milk per day when it has reached the age of five days. After six weeks, the baby is then supplied with formula milk intake.
Provision of nausea drugs known as domperidone is considered capable of spurring breast milk out of the woman’s breasts. This drug is compelled to be given because the natural stimulating hormone stimulant, ie prolactin, is not available homemade version.
Three months before the baby was born, the transgender woman was aggressively taking domperidone. Her breasts are also pumped every five minutes to smooth milk production.
Then, the feminization hormone program has also done transgender women a few years before initiating lactation efforts. Spironolacton is routinely put into the body to stop the effects of the hormone testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen.
Thus, transgender women have prominent breasts like women in general, although not doing breast enlargement surgery.
“I take care of this transgender woman and her breasts are very good. No more reason, non-transgender women can also produce milk in this way, “said Joshua Safer of the Boston Health Center, an expert who observed the successes of Reisman and Goldstein.
Giving domperidone a good news for mothers who are difficult to produce breast milk. This is also a new breakthrough so that adopted children can still receive breast milk from their adoptive mother.
Unfortunately, the substance is still a controversy because it is prohibited its use by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Then, there has been no research on the composition of breast milk produced by these transgender women. Does the milk it produces has the same substance structure as the original indigenous breastmilk produced?
Further research is still needed if the domperidone administration is to be applied around the world.