By Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH
I had the wonderful opportunity to return to MSCS Media Studio and go on the long program with famed podcaster Tommy Keightly. He asked about the new CDC guidance on male breastfeeding.
From CDC: “Can transgender parents who have had breast surgery breastfeed or chestfeed their infants?
Yes. Some transgender parents who have had breast/top surgery may wish to breastfeed, or chestfeed (a term used by some transgender and non-binary parents), their infants. Healthcare providers working with these families should be familiar with medical, emotional, and social aspects of gender transitions to provide optimal family-centered care and meet the nutritional needs of the infant. These families may need help with the following:
Maximizing milk production
Supplementing with pasteurized donor human milk or formula
Medication to induce lactation or avoiding medications that inhibit lactation
Suppressing lactation (for those choosing not to breastfeed or chestfeed)
Finding appropriate lactation management support, peer support, and/or emotional support
Learn more about how to support transgender persons.”
This is one of many examples where public health efforts and policy have become bizarre, contorted, and are making a laughing stock of our agencies including the CDC. The CDC should be focused on serving physicians and the community with infectious disease outbreak investigation, new in vitro diagnostics, and data analytics.
This development gives great justification to those who claim they have lost all faith in the CDC. The short video gives my analysis. You decide.
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Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH
President, McCullough Foundation