The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has said biological men who believe themselves to be women can “chestfeed” babies with the help of medication that mimics female lactation.
However, evidence suggests that milk produced by “lactation” medication can be harmful to infants.
On the ‘Breastfeeding and special circumstances’ section of the CDC website, it asks, “Can transgender parents who have had breast surgery breastfeed or chestfeed their babies?”
The CDC answers with an emphatic “Yes.”
“Some transgender parents who have had breast/top surgery may wish to breastfeed, or chestfeeding (a term used by some transgender and non-binary parents), their infants,” it continues.
The CDC adds that healthcare providers should provide trans parents with “[m]edication to induce lactation.”
The healthy global body also emphasizes that “[a]n individual does not need to have given birth to breastfeeding or chestfeeding” while advocating using language “inclusive of all gender identities” such as “pregnant person” and “lactating person” instead of “mother.”
In recent months, biological men posting pictures of themselves “chestfeeding” under the social media expression of “queer joy” has become a trend.
However, there are concerns about the nutritional quality of their “milk” and the drugs used to produce it, which are present in the milk.
For example, one drug often used off-label to induce lactation, domperidone, can cause heart problems in babies.
Although the cocktail of drugs natural-born men are given to chest-feed babies, natural-born women are advised not to drink alcohol when breastfeeding and to avoid aspirin.
As The Daily Mail reported in June, babies could be harmed by woke NHS-backed guidance that states transwomen can breastfeed, experts warned.
Guidance from a charity — linked to on the controversial ‘chestfeeding’ advice page — states biological men who swap sex can stimulate milk supply using the Newman-Goldfarb protocol.
Originally developed to assist adoptive mothers — or those who have conceived via surrogacy, the Newman-Goldfarb protocol has helped thousands of women to stimulate milk production.
Several drugs, such as metoclopramide, digitalis, chlorpromazine, and other sedative medications, have been known to increase prolactin, the hormone responsible for milk production.
But domperidone, originally an anti-sickness drug, is the preferred option due to not having as many potentially dangerous side effects.
Health experts have also expressed concern over the NHS telling people to keep taking hormone transitioning drugs like testosterone while ‘chestfeeding,’ despite admitting “it is unclear what effect this could have on your baby.”