Raising Vegans: How To Introduce Veganism To Babies The Right Way

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The Economist declared 2019 as “The Year of the Vegan,” due to the continuous surge in the popularity of this plant-based way of life. No wonder even the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, reportedly considered raising her newborn son with Prince Harry as a vegan. While a lot of people remain skeptical about omitting dairy, meat, and other animal products on their baby’s diet because of perceived possible risks, more parents are starting to look into the health benefits of going vegan for their whole family. There are several considerations to keep in mind to make sure that you are raising a vegan baby properly.

Breastfeed Your Baby Longer

A dietary expert suggested that mothers who want to raise a vegan baby should add more months to their breastfeeding cycle. According to the expert, breast milk contains a lot of nutrients that could aid in a child’s development. Breast milk also has more important benefits such as preventing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), asthma and allergies when the baby grows us. So make sure that you can directly latch your child to your breast for as long as you can so the baby will absorb all the nutrients that you can give.

If direct latch is not possible, you can always pump your milk regularly and feed your child using the right type of baby bottles that suits their needs. Once the baby becomes a toddler, you can start introducing milk derived from almond, soy, and coconut that is fortified with vitamin B12 since this is a key nutrient that the child needs for proper development.

Talk To A Nutritionist

More often than not, your pediatrician may have limited knowledge about veganism unless he or she is also a vegan. This means your doctor may not be able to give you enough guidance about an all-plant diet. To make sure that you are on the right track in raising a vegan baby the healthiest way possible, you need to consult with a nutritionist who is well-trained to come up with a menu that is appropriate for the child’s age. The nutritionist can also suggest vitamins and supplements so your child will get all the nourishment that his or her growing body needs.

Introduce Different Food Items

Once the baby starts eating solid food, you need to be creative with the menu that you offer to help their developing taste preference. You need to let them get acquainted to different taste and textures to prevent them from being picky when they grow up. Just make sure that you consult with your nutritionist first to check if the baby is getting the right nutrients from his or her diet.

 

Article by Karoline Gore

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