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Transgender Breastfeeding

We have received many messages since launching the “Sometimes Badass Breastfeeding Looks Like This…” graphic series on Facebook. Last week we were contacted by a fan in Germany who wanted to share her family’s truly unique story.

Transgender breastfeeding

“My name is Tabea, I live in Germany. Maybe our family’s attitude is something for the badasses, too. My baby’s daddy is transgender, feels kind of half man half woman. The picture shows him feeding our son, Bela, some weeks ago, it’s my milk I pumped to enable him to feel the joy of breastfeeding a child. As I personally don’t feel the milk flowing out of my breasts, I guess it’s quite close to feeling like a breastfeeding mother. We do so from time to time, when I had to go to the dentist in a case of emergency it was very helpful to have breastmilk in the deep-freezer so he could have it. We don’t give him my milk like this in public.”




  1. Marisol Antonetti says

    This is truly inspiring. I believe to whomever feels how they feel should go right ahead do what’s in their heart. Wish you both nothing but blessings.

  2. Beautiful way of making him feel apart of the bond 🙂

  3. Just beautiful!

  4. So cool!! love this

  5. Beautiful!

  6. Wonderful story…but I’m cringing at the shallow latch that baby has!

  7. Megan Borah-Pribble says

    That’s beautiful and bis obviously very content. I believe in parenting the way that feels right to you and you are doing something great. Way to go!

  8. Dear Elle,
    I took this picture and I can say that my son has a very tight latch. The whole areola is in his mouth, it’s just the picture that doesn’t show it, it’s the angle. He is my fourth child, I have longterm lactating experience and I helped them to get together.

  9. No negative comments below this! Internet win!

  10. Das is sooooo shice rührend, ich musst gerade heulen… Oh, happy day <3

  11. I don’t usually comment, but I have to this time! I absolutely love that the most important thing is the bonding and nutrition needs being met here with such nice warmth and tenderness. It’s lovely that he can do this with both of his parents. Lucky Bela. Makes me happy and thank you for sharing:)

  12. Marie Hufton says

    What a fantastic idea. I’ve seen this way of feeding a baby before. A woman who adopted a child, and then another one a couple of years later, fed the children this way. As she was female, and so had milk ducts, the sucking actually brought in her milk even though she hadn’t been pregnant. Of course, this won’t happen to someone without milk ducts, but for the baby that bond with skin, Mum’s or Dad’s just can’t be beaten. Well done you.

    • Actually, men do have milk ducts and in fact can lactate. Not to start an argument, but just thought I’d share 🙂 cheers
      “In short, men may not have full-fledged breasts but they certainly can lactate, under extreme circumstances.” –http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=strange-but-true-males-can-lactate

  13. Awesome! What a loving family.

  14. Hallo Tabea,
    falls du das hier liest, ich habe eine deutsche Seite, auf der ich Stillgeschichten veröffentliche um anderen Mamas Mut zu machen – vielleicht hättest du da Interesse, deine Geschichte auch dort auf deutsch zu veröffentlichen? Ich würde mich auf jeden Fall sehr freuen!

    Liebe Grüße

  15. Wish I could talk my husband into this! It would be nice to share the work load!

  16. Beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing and for helping to normalize breastfeeding for all families and all gender identities. And how wonderful that your child is so well loved and able to bond via breastfeeding with both parents.

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