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Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocol #33: Lactation Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Plus Patients (2020)

From the ABM Protocol:

  • Online supports:
    – Increasing use of Facebook and social media groups for support
    – Online milk sharing communities (i.e., MilkShare, Eats on Feets)
    – ‘‘Birthing and Breast or Chestfeeding Trans People and Allies Facebook Group’’
    – Helpful searches may include ‘‘trans’’ or ‘‘LGBTQ’’ and ‘‘breastfeeding’’ or ‘‘parenting’’
    – Internet mailing list for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender mothers
    – Breastfeeding and parenting from a transgender perspective (milkjunkies.net).
  • Health care providers
    – GOLD learning online: Jaye Simpson ‘‘LGBTQ Parents and Lactation—An Exploration in LGBTQ Culture’’ available at: https://www.goldlearning.com/lecture/221 .
  • Professional organizations:
    – World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
    – La Leche League International, https://www.llli.org/breastfeeding-info/transgender-non-binary-parents/.
  • Group meetings:
    – Peer support is an important predictor of a parent’s success in attaining their personal breastfeeding goals. Trans parents and other LGBTQ+ families may already feel isolated, especially if they do not
    know other LGBTQ+ families.


  • Where’s the Mother? Stories from a Transgender Dad, by Trevor McDonald
  • Breastfeeding Without Birthing, by Alyssa Schnell



Other Resources:


  • Breastfeeding Outside the Box – Alyssa Schnell

Resource lists:

Thank you to Breastfeed Durham for sharing their list of resources.