Khloé Kardashian always keeps it real, and the new mama isn’t changing her M.O. in motherhood. On her website and app this week, Kardashian revealed she’s been supplementing baby True’s breast milk with formula because she simply doesn’t produce enough to feed her sweet offspring.
In the update, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star called the Baby Brezza Formula Pro One-Step Bottle Maker a “total lifesaver” product during her first foray into parenting.
“Technically, I don’t need something like this because I breastfeed, but because I don’t produce enough milk, I also have to give a bottle with every feeding. And with the formula I use, I have to give True the bottle within 30 minutes of making it, so it’s amazing to have this machine make it for me,” Kardashian explained.
She also underscored the value of such an efficient machine, saying, “It’s super easy to use — and fast, so when I’m exhausted and can’t even keep my eyes open in the middle of the night, it’s a total lifesaver.”
Kardashian’s situation isn’t unique. According to Parenting, around 2 percent of all women can’t produce enough breast milk. There are myriad possible explanations for poor lactation, and they range from exhaustion to previous surgeries and plenty in between.
Some mothers must return to a non-breastfeeding-friendly work environment where pumping frequently enough to sustain your supply is not possible. This was the case for me at a former desk job during my first pregnancy and motherhood experience.
Kardashian doesn’t elaborate on why she isn’t producing enough milk — if she’s even been able to pinpoint it — and it shouldn’t matter. Whether or not she chooses to breastfeed her child and why should be a decision any mother can make without worrying about being stigmatized for it.
In fact, in a 2015 study published by the UK’s Swansea University, researchers found that women who ultimately stopped breastfeeding due to difficulties (such as low breast milk supply) were at increased risk of depression. What mothers need during this time is emotional support, not criticism.
So, while Kardashian’s admission may prompt some of the self-appointed breastfeeding police to deride her decision to supplement, we applaud the new mama for her candor. As Jan Barger, an international board-certified lactation consultant told BabyCenter, “Good parenting is more than breastfeeding.”
Kudos to Kardashian for doing the best she can to keep baby True healthy and happy.