Where's the Mother?: Stories from a Transgender Dad

byTrevor MacDonaldForeword byFiona Giles

May 24, 2016|
Where's the Mother?: Stories from a Transgender Dad by Trevor MacDonald
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"A deeply compelling memoir from a transgender man who birthed and breastfed his children - it's informative, inspiring, and transformational." - DIANA WEST, co-author of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 8th edition

In a time when to most people "pregnancy" automatically means "motherhood," what is it like to get pregnant, give birth, and breastfeed a child all while being an out transgender man?

When Trevor MacDonald decided to start a family, he knew that the world was going to have questions for him. As a transgender man in a gay relationship, Trevor has gone through the journeys of pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing all while exploring (and sometimes defending) his role as a trans dad. Trevor and his partner tackle all the questions new parents are familiar with, such as: Should we feed our baby breast milk or formula? Should we have a hospital or home birth?

Other questions are much less familiar: How can a man cope with gender dysphoria when going through such female-coded rituals as childbirth and breastfeeding? How can a person breastfeed after having had chest masculinization surgery? How do we find donor milk to supplement our own modest milk supply?

Luckily for the reader, Trevor explains his own answers to these questions with grace and humour. His stories convey the intimate and sometimes surprising realities of the transgender parenting experience. This memoir is a book about being a breastfeeding parent and a transgender man, and the many beautiful, moving, and difficult ways these two identities collide. It reminds us that birth is a fundamental process that lies outside simplistic definitions and concepts. Coming at a time when transgender people around the world face significant legislative oppression and violence, "Where's the Mother?" is a memoir about love and family like no other.

Trevor MacDonald started his blog, www.milkjunkies.net, to share his experiences of transitioning, becoming pregnant, and breastfeeding with the use of supplementary donated human milk. Since 2011, milkjunkies.net has received over half a million visitors. Trevor founded the first online support group for transgender people interested...
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Title:Where's the Mother?: Stories from a Transgender DadFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:280 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.59 inShipping dimensions:280 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.59 inPublished:May 24, 2016Publisher:TRANS CANADA PRESSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0991964500

ISBN - 13:9780991964505

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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