elliot-wolf - December 11, 2018
Kat Von D — the celebrity tattoo artist and makeup guru — who welcomed her first child, son Leafar Von D Reyes last month — revealed that breastfeeding her newborn didn’t originally go according to plan.
“During the first two days of Leafar’s life, his blood sugar count had been low, and as much as I had committed myself to strictly breastfeed, my milk hadn’t come in yet,” she began the candid Instagram post.
“The pediatrician suggested asking around to see if any friends might have a bit of extra milk they could donate – and if not, I’d have to consider supplementing with formula – something we personally did not want to do,” Von D, 36, continued.
The makeup artist went on to explain that she called her midwife, Sara Howard, in hopes that she would know someone who would be willing to donate some of their breastmilk. In addition to sharing the milk, Von D also requested that the person be on a strict plant-based diet, as it was “crucial” to her and her husband Leafar Seyer (birth name: Rafael Reyes).
I feel like Kat could fulfill her magical quest for very specific milk by checking out what that shady character by the Whole Foods trashcan out back in a trench coat is selling. Genetically engineered infants and meat-free boob juice should be available in a 2 for 10K deal if she can talk him down. Kat has enough money to import illegal breastmilk straight from Cambodia but instead wishes some soul in the Los Angeles area on a strict plant-based diet donate some of their can creamer. Amazing. It reminds me of that one time a wise man in a large SUV told this other man in tattered clothes and cardboard box real estate that beggars can’t be choosy. I like to think that’s the last time the homeless man got pissed off at a stranger for bringing him a burger instead of a beer. It’s one thing to wallow in your stupidity alone, but making others suffer is a sin. I bet her pets get put through the same pain. No vaccines or meat. She has an angry rabid vegan cat in the house somewhere too weak to attack her and just fed enough to live out the rest of its nine lives at her house in a meatless hell.
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During the first two days of Leafar’s life, his blood sugar count had been low, and as much as I had committed myself to strictly breastfeed, my milk hadn’t come in yet. The pediatrician suggested asking around to see if any friends might have a bit of extra milk they could donate - and if not, I’d have to consider supplementing with formula - something we personally did not want to do. I called my beloved midwife, @losangelesmidwife to see if she knew anyone who might be willing to share a bit of their breastmilk who was on a plant-based diet, as that was crucial to us, and she quickly connected me with @mattersofmotherhood who, without even knowing me, and without question, stepped up and donated a few ounces to us in the middle of the night. Needless to say, Leafar’s levels boosted, and we are now happily breastfeeding at home. Can’t thank @mattersofmotherhood enough for getting us through those rough nights with your donation. This is true community. True sisterhood. True kindness. And I can’t wait to pay it forward one day soon. ***UPDATE: just to address a few misconceptions about my caption. First, I’m not shaming anyone who chooses to use formula. Just like I would never shame anyone for the food they ate or anything for that matter. So, please don’t shame me for sharing our personal approach to nursing. Second, I did not starve my baby for his first two days of life. I’m not mad at ya’all who attacked me about it -because clearly you may not be familiar with how breast feeding works and that’s ok! I wasn’t either until I got pregnant! :) but for the first 2.5 days my breasts were producing colostrum (not the same thing as milk) and it’s absolutely normal for mom’s milk not to come in until day 5 sometimes. With that being said, my little one just needed to get through one night’s worth of feedings with supplemented donors milk. And I’m happy to report my milk came in shortly after that! So thanks for all the love and support everyone! Let’s keep it positive! ***
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Backgrid USA
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