In first of its kind, a 30-year-old transgender woman who did not give birth to the baby, has now been able to breastfeed her baby. It was not even possible through the gender-reassignment surgery like a breast augmentation or a vaginoplasty.
According to the Daily Mail, the woman was put on hormone replacement therapy from three-and-a-half months before the birth using the drug domperidone, obtained from Canada.
The woman wanted to explore her options when her pregnant partner decided not to breastfeed their baby. So she turned to doctors at Mt Sinai's Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery to seek help.
The patient was producing enough milk to exclusively breastfeed for six weeks, and then continue feeding the baby along with other sources of nutrition for another six months.
Her case was published in the journal Transgender Health, shows evidence that DIY hormone therapy can enable transgender women to have such experiences like pregnancy and childbirth.
What is Hormone replacement therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is any form of hormone therapy wherein the patient, in the course of medical treatment, receives hormones, either to supplement a lack of naturally occurring hormones or to substitute other hormones for naturally occurring hormones.