Podcast Episode 67: Life as a Transgender Dad who Nurses

Podcast Episode 67: Life as a Transgender Dad who Nurses

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 67 of The New Family Podcast where we learn what it’s like to be a transgender dad.

My guest on today’s episode is Trevor MacDonald, who shares his incredible personal story of being a transgender dad who has nursed two children. His book Where’s the Mother? Stories from a Transgender Dad is coming out May 24, 2016. Trevor’s here to talk about his coming out experience, what the Transgender Dating world is like, how he combats negativity, as well as the realities of transgender parenting. He also shares what it takes to chest feed after having chest contouring surgery, and the work he’s done since becoming a parent to pave the way for other transgender and gender non-conforming people who experience pregnancy, birth and infant feeding.

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Trevor.

Trevor’s 1,000 Families Story

Trevor’s book Where’s the Mother? Stories from a Transgender Dad on Chapters-Indigo

Trevor’s book Where’s the Mother? Stories from a Transgender Dad on Amazon

Like Where’s the Mother? on Facebook

Trevor’s blog Milk Junkies

Trevor’s Facebook support group Birthing and Breast or Chestfeeding Transpeople and Allies

Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Reduction Surgery by Diana West

Related Episode: Parenting a Transgender Child

Related Episode: When Your Child Comes Out to You

Trevor’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“This came from my La Leche leader friend and the way it was presented was, ‘I don’t know if this is even going to be relevant to you or if it is something that you would want to consider, but just in case, I thought you might like to know about this book called Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding after Reduction Surgery by Diana West. And up until that point I had been assuming that we’d be feeding our baby formula from bottles. I had no idea that someone could breastfeed after having chest surgery of any kind. So that was the launching point for the beginning of my breastfeeding journey, knowing about the existence of that book. And I think the way that my friend positioned that information so I could make my own decisions and my own choices, that was also what really drew me into La Leche League, because La Leche is all about empowering families to make their own choices. They do that by providing information. They don’t give advice.”

Where's the Mother Cover Art

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by