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CDC Issues Guidelines for Trans Individuals ‘Chest-Feeding’ Children

CDC Issues Guidelines for Trans Individuals ‘Chest-Feeding’ Children

( – On its official website, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised trans and non-binary people to get assistance to “chest-feeding” their children.

The national health institute’s breastfeeding recommendations included parts with advice for people who have had a large portion of their breasts removed through gender-reassignment procedures or for biological guys who are taking hormones to grow breasts.

However, several doctors criticized the advice, claiming the CDC had not considered the risks to children consuming milk produced by chemicals used in gender-reassignment medical procedures.

Their criticism extended beyond the fact that the CDC appeared to advise biological men on breastfeeding children.

The CDC said that “Transgender and nonbinary-gendered individuals may give birth and breastfeed or feed at the chest (chestfeed)” in the section on the “Health Equity Considerations” of their “Infant and Young Child Feeding Toolkit” website.

Additionally, it said that “the gender identity of nonbinary-gendered individuals does not fit neatly into either man or woman” and that “the gender identity of transgender individuals is different from their sex at birth.”

The institution cited “chest-feeding” concerning a page on breastfeeding for those who have had breast surgery under the “Breast Feeding” part of the CDC website.

The CDC asked, “Can transgender parents who have had breast surgery breastfeed or chestfeed their infants?” It said, “Yes,” and then gave a justification.

The CDC website adds, “some transgender parents who have undergone breast/top surgery may wish to breastfeed, or chestfeed (a term used by some transgender and non-binary parents), their infants.”

“To give the best treatment that is family-centered and meets the infant’s nutritional needs, healthcare professionals who interact with these families should be knowledgeable about the physical, emotional, and social elements of gender changes.”

“These transgender parents “may need help with” “maximizing milk production, supplementing with pasteurized donor human milk or formula, medication to induce lactation or avoid medications that inhibit lactation, suppressing lactation (for those choosing not to breastfeed or chestfeed),” and “Finding appropriate lactation management support, peer support, and/or emotional support,” according to the website.

The Daily Mail claims that biological men who can create their own breastmilk by ingesting “hormone drugs” that mirror the changes that occur to a biological woman’s body during the late stages of pregnancy may benefit from following this advice.

The outlet pointed out the FDA’s caution that domperidone, one of these medications, “can pass into breast milk in small amounts and sometimes give babies an irregular heartbeat as a result.”

The media site talked to several experts who chastised the CDC for failing to address the health hazards presented to infants who are “chest feeding” biological men who are transitioning with hormones that imitate female hormones.

According to Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the conservative Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, “The CDC has a responsibility to talk about the health risks, but they have been delinquent in doing that.”

She added that if trans parents use “all kinds of off-label hormones,” which are pharmaceuticals used for a different reason than intended, “we have no idea what the long-term effects on the child will be.”

Internal medicine specialist Dr. Stuart Fischer of New York City told the Daily Mail that it is “tough to believe” that breast milk produced artificially in a biological man and woman is identical.

In addition, he stated that it was unclear how the latter type of breast milk would impact infants, posing the question, “If it has only been tested a few times, how would we know the long-term effect? The long-term effects of physical and mental sickness differ from the short-term effects.

To put it mildly, “it’s an emerging field,” remarked Fischer.

According to reports, the CDC did not comment on the matter.

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