Little Leafar Von D Reyes, previously known as Leafer The Unborn, now to be known as Leafer The Spawned, has already had a rocky start to life. He’s brand new but his mother, tattoo artist/vegan warrior/anti-vaxxer/extremely weak witch Kat Von D, says that he’s already had his first health scare. In an Instagram post, Kat reported that her breastmilk failed to come in and Leafer The Spawned’s blood sugar count had been low as he was unable to nurse. Kat reports that her doctor suggested she ask around to see if any of her friends had any milk to spare. If not, she’d have to consider formula. So Kat sent out the Von D Bat signal asking for a vegan milk donor.
Here’s her post.
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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! ***
Thankfully, somebody came through. Leafer The Spawned was fed and Kat’s own milk has since come in. All is well in the Von D Reyes household until she finds out that her vegan donor thought a “plant based diet” included chicken caesar salads. But what Leafer The Spawed doesn’t know, won’t kill him. However, if Kat ever found out she’d been duped, she might have to put him up for adoption since he’d been tainted by meat.
Here’s a Craigslist ad I wrote for her in case it comes down to it.
Free to a good vegan home –
With heavy hearts we offer this child who, through no fault of our own, has been sullied by animal products. We can no longer raise him in our vegan household. His father and I are heartbroken, but principled. He enjoys long walks in the graveyard, death metal music, and playing with fire (soy candles only). We are so sad he’ll never get to use the vintage wicker wheelchair we bought him for his eventual decline due to polio.
Though Kat didn’t mention it, I did some research and found out that there is no vegan formula available in the US (only one brand in Europe offers it as an option). There are a number of non-dairy, vegetarian formulas, but by US regulations they all contain vitamin D3, which is derived from sheep’s wool. So it’s not wonder Kat balked when her pediatrician suggested formula. She must have been in quite the panic.
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