Make-up entrepreneur and celebrity tattoo artist, Kat Von D, opened up about her struggle to breastfeed her newborn. Von D gave birth to her first son, Leafar Von D Reyes, last month. The celebrity had planned on breastfeeding from the get-go, but she ran into some unexpected snags. Her first few days with her baby were much more stressful than she anticipated.
“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,” Von D wrote in an 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 reached out to her midwife, Sara Howard, asking her if she might know anyone who would be willing to donate their breastmilk. She emphasized that she wanted breastmilk from someone who ate a plant-based diet.
Luckily, a woman named Morgan Campbell helped her out in her time of need.
“…without even knowing me, and without question, [she] stepped up and donated a few ounces to us in the middle of the night,” She wrote in her Instagram post. “Needless to say, Leafar’s levels boosted, and we are now happily breastfeeding at home.”
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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! ***
In her post, which included a video of Von D breastfeeding her son, she thanked Campbell for her generosity and for helping her and her husband get “through those rough nights.”
Von D says that she hopes to pay the favor forward one day.