Kat Von D, tattoo artist and make-up icon, revealed that within days of giving birth she discovered her new born’s blood sugar count was low. Baby Leafar needed milk.

The new mother had to make a decision because her own breastmilk had not yet developed. Refusing to feed him baby formula, she had one other option.

She had to find a donor.

The “L.A. Ink” star shared a breastfeeding video on Instagram with the story regarding the first few days of her son’s birth as the caption.

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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! ***

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She wrote:

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. ?
According to the American Pregnancy Association, there are numerous advantages of breastfeeding over using formula. The association says breast milk provides a lot of nutrients, the “perfect balance of nutrients,” and is “easily digested and absorbed.”
These advantages may clearly explain Kat Von D’s adamancy on only feeding her son, Leafar, breast milk.
The only real listed advantage formula has over breast milk is that “anyone can feed the baby.”
There are also statistics that may explain why a plant-based diet was “crucial” to the new parents.
According to Nutrition Facts, a woman’s diet can significantly impact her baby, if she’s breastfeeding. If Kat Von D’s milk donor had been consuming processed foods, the pollutants could have been transferred to baby Leafar.
On the other hand, nutrients from plants can improve an infant’s intelligence and taste for vegetables.
The web page also points out that animal-based baby formulas introduce infants to cow’s milk and could explain the rise in obesity rates among formula-fed children.
Kat Von D announced the birth of her son with a post of her husband and musician Leafar Seyer holding the newborn.
She said that she and Seyer’s focus is transitioning into “amazing parenthood.” Most fans commented that the new parents seemed to be off to a good start.

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