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Trans dad Trevor MacDonald talks getting pregnant after transition following release of his memoir

Trans dad Trevor MacDonald talks getting pregnant after transition following release of his memoir

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Trans dad Trevor MacDonald has spoken out about the decision to get pregnant after transition, following the release of his memoir.

MacDonald, based in Winnipeg, Canada, released a book last month about the experience of birthing and breastfeeding children after transition, called Where’s The Mother? When asked in an interview with Gays With Kids why he wanted to experience pregnancy after transitioning, MacDonald explained that being pregnant did not feel ‘womanly’.

‘Pregnancy and nursing didn’t make me womanly; they helped me start a family and feed a baby,’ MacDonald told Gays With Kids.

‘I needed to transition to be comfortable with myself… I experienced a huge reduction in stress, and the result was that I was then able to think about having a family – it was like I suddenly had room in my heart, and the energy and desire to guide a small person.’

Opening conversations about trans identity

MacDonald has given birth to two children after transitioning – one aged five and another aged 19 months. The memoir was written to give an insight into what it is like to be male and pregnant, pointing out that just as every cisgender parent is different, so is every trans parent.

‘There’s a narrative that we see presented in the media a lot about a certain way of being transgender,’ MacDonald told BuzzFeed at the time of the memoir’s release, adding that the book would present more varied points of view.

MacDonald has also said he wants to open up more conversations about trans identity that go beyond bathrooms.

Milk sharing communities

MacDonald’s book also talks about the practice of milk sharing. Milk sharing involves an informal peer-to-peer network of parents who donate between one another. MacDonald has said that another reason for writing the book was to tell the story of these communities.

And when asked by Gays With Kids what he would say to critics of milk sharing, MacDonald replied: ‘They often make the mistake of assuming that formula is neutral and benign…. I think it makes sense for parents to make their own informed decisions under the guidance of health care professionals.’

MacDonald also writes about his experiences of chestfeeding and being a trans dad on the blog Milk Junkies. He began a Facebook group, Birthing and Breast or Chestfeeding Trans People and Allies, in 2012, which now has almost 1,700 members around the world.

Read the full interview with Gays With Kids here.

Main Image: Twitter/@milkjunkies