A transgender woman in the U.S. has used experimental hormone and drug treatments to become the first in the world to breastfeed a baby, New Scientist reported.
The unidentified 30-year-old had been receiving feminizing hormonal treatments for several years before beginning a regimen that included additional hormones, a nausea drug, and breast stimulation.
“This is the first step toward standardizing care for transgender mothers and building happy, healthy, transgender families,” Reisman told the Sun.
Prolactin is often used to stimulate breastmilk production in women who have just given birth, but the hormone isn’t available as a lab-made drug.
After six weeks, the woman supplemented her breast milk with formula.