Every so often in the past few years, transgender men have made headlines for getting pregnant and giving birth. Despite the current administration's hostility toward members of the transgender community, it's a testament to the progress this country has made generally that these men feel safe in sharing their stories (although in a perfect world, this everyday miracle wouldn't be newsworthy at all). These news items give voice to the fact that not only are there many ways to form a family, but also to how parenthood changes your relationship to your body — especially so if you're trans, and especially if parenthood, for you, includes breastfeeding.
Transgender men, it's important to note, aren't somehow "less" trans because they choose to carry children biologically. For some, becoming parents through natural birth is an easier option than going through the process to adopt. This was the case with Trevor MacDonald, who has given birth to two children. He and his partner, a gay man, worried that adoption processes in their home country of Canada would discriminate against them, and instead opted to have MacDonald carry the child. How transgender men feel about their gender identity when it comes to the physical act of feeding their babies through lactation, however, is a more complicated issue: It can have interesting implications for their legal rights, their support, and their own bodily image.