Breast-fed babies have healthier immune systems, score higher on I. tests and may be less prone to obesity than other babies.Advocacy campaigns have noted that the practice facilitates mother-child bonding, and saves families from spending money on infant formula.
They were not immediately available for comment on Thursday.The World Health Organization, in setting new international bench marks for children’s growth, has said that breast-feeding is the biological norm. Safer, medical director of transgender medicine and surgery at Boston Medical Center, called the study “a very big deal” and said he expected it to become very popular among transgender women.“It’s out there on internet forums, but there’s a lot on the internet that’s true or untrue to varying degrees,” he said in an interview with the weekly magazine New Scientist.But in the case published in Transgender Health, it is not known whether breast milk from this kind of induced lactation is equivalent to milk produced after giving birth by women who are not transgender. “It’s a very big deal to have this recorded in a reliable document.”Others were skeptical about the study and what it could mean for transgender women.“We all want to have the same experiences as women,” Maria Clifford, 38, a British transgender mother who has been using a surrogate to breast-feed her child, said on Thursday.After having seen lactate’s use as an energy source in both breast and lung cancers, researchers can begin to confidently investigate the connection between creating lactate as a waste product and consuming it for cell growth and metastasis, opening up another avenue for targeting cancer cells and taking us one step closer to developing new treatments for such a debilitating disease.
When a transgender woman told doctors at a hospital in New York that she wanted to breast-feed her pregnant partner’s baby, they put her on a regimen of drugs that included an anti-nausea medication licensed in Britain and Canada but banned in the United States.
She had not had gender-reassignment surgery nor breast augmentation.