The National Health Service of the United Kingdom is advising “transgender” females who take testosterone to continue doing so even while breastfeeding a baby despite acknowledging the unknown risks the hormone may have to the child.
The worrying guidance was first called to attention by users on social media, prompting a wave of backlash from advocates concerned with women’s rights and child safeguarding.
Speaking to Reduxx, retired family physician Dr. Maja Bowen condemned the NHS for what she labeled an “alarming” guidance.
Dr. Bowen also points out the apparent contrast between the guidance given to trans-identified females, noting how pregnant women and nursing mothers are often inundated with warnings about avoiding certain medication, food, and drink deemed risky.
This is not the first time concerns have been raised about official guidance on transgender adults breastfeeding children, though many previous issues have surrounded the phenomenon of trans-identified males inducing lactation for the purposes of “gender affirmation.”