I need some advice on what to give my baby when she turns a year old next month. I have raised her on the same vegan diet as myself and wish to keep it that way. What do I give her in place of cow's milk? I understand that she can get the calcium from other milks and veggies. However, what about the fat in dairy that she is supposed to have? She isn't crazy about avocados. My pedatrician doesnt like me being vegan so I haven't shared with her that my daughter is vegan also. Therefore, I cannot ask her.
Tell your doctor that your daughter is vegan and will enjoy a long healthy happy life ahead of her. If you can't tell your doctor the truth, you need to get a new doctor. This pediatrician will be her doctor for a lot of years ,so it's best to find a good one now, instead of later.
Ask your doctor about treenuts: I don't know when children can start eating nut products, but see if you can feed her some organic, unrefined coconut oil, or just mix it in her food. I don't know how much fat babies should get, but I know that coconut oil is delicious, note, UNREFINED tastes faintly of coconuts. Plus, it has medium chain fatty acids like the ones found in breast milk. Coconuts are tree nuts are kids can be allergic to them, so seriously, ask your doctor about it!!
Also, at the store, I saw a coconut/almond milk blend that had 45% daily calcium for an adult in it.
When she gets a little older, see if there are any DHA supplements. I don't really believe in supplementing much, just DHA and b12. DHA is the healthy fatty acids found in fish and algae, they make vegan supplements with vegan gelatin and algae as the source. IT is very good for the brain.
Maybe you should pick up the book SIMPLY VEGAN, from your local library and check out the pages on toddler nutrition.
lauren.. i looked up simply vegan and i saw 2 books. on the cover is there a ton of produce in a cast iron pan or just at the front of the picture? they're both by debra waserman, but priced differently so wanted to make sure i picked the right one. thanks.
Thank you Lauren. I live in a small town so my choices are limited on peditricians. I am still breastfeeding and most likely will be for a while longer. She doesnt seem to want to wean anytime soon. I will check that book out. Maybe it will help also.
If you continue breastfeeding until at least age 2, you don't need to offer any alternative milk. Breastfeeding 2-3 times a day throughout the second year of life provides the healthy fats and calcium she needs from breastmilk. My daughter is 4, and only recently weaned, and she doesn't drink any milk. In fact, she only drinks water. There are plenty of other calcium sources out there.
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