“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made headlines this week after the Daily Mail reported the agency endorsed ‘chestfeeding’ by publishing guidance for trans-identified biological males on how to induce lactation.
According to the CDC’s breastfeeding guidelines, one option for ‘transgender parents who have had breast surgery’ and want to ‘breastfeed or chestfeed their infants’ is to induce lactation with the use of medication.
Inducing lactation requires taking a combination of drugs, including hormonal contraceptive drugs to provide estrogen and progesterone, and an androgen blocker to reproduce the “hormonal milieu” of pregnancy.
The protocol can also include a heart medication, an antipsychotic, a sedative and the off-label use of an anti-nausea drug to stimulate lactation called domperidone, which is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the U.S…
Doctors critical of the CDC’s guidelines told the Daily Mail they thought the CDC has a ‘responsibility’ to disclose the lack of research and potential risks, adding that the agency is ‘blurring the lines between politics and science.'”