I am vegan, and so far my 11mo baby is too. I'm interested to hear what milk alternatives other parents used with their babies post-weaning.
My husband is not veg, and although he can see that bubba is healthy and I had a healthy pregnancy, I worry that as our little one gets closer to turning 1, that there will be pressure for me take baby off the vegan path.
Suggestions are welcome as to soy, rice, oat, almond, coconut milk etc.
Other online forums/facebook groups for raising healthy children "naturally" seem to be very anti-soy milk (phytoestrogens) and anti-rice milk (arsenic).
I have briefly looked at commercial soy formulas (organic), but would prefer to avoid the non-vegan D3 added to them, and shocked that the highest ingredient in this one (for example) is brown rice syrup. http://bit.ly/JaDLCx
I am not in the US so please give full titles of suggested products, so that I can try to order them online.
If you're able to, keep breastfeeding! Your milk provides the best nutrition for your baby and supports his immune system as he grows into a toddler. Plus, it is SO much easier to deal with a breastfeeding toddler, because nursing can provide them with that comfort that they need. Here are some great resources:
This is a huge concern for me as well, and I have been doing my best to research it, but there isnt a whole lot of information out there. My son is 10 months old and will be weaning off the bottle soon. His pediatrician flat out said a vegan diet is dangerous for children and strongly urged me to wean him from formula to whole cow's milk at one year. His reasoning is that the fat content in whole milk is important for brain development. So, if I am going to go against doctor's orders, I need to have a game plan.
True, soy milk has 3.5 grams of fat per serving (1 cup) where as whole cows milk has 8 grams of fat. Soy milk still is a healthy alternative, but I would just need to make sure he gets extra fats from somewhere else such as vegetable oils, nuts, avacados, etc.
Another option is to give him whole cows milk from ages 1-2 and do soy milk after that. Or, there are toddler formulas and toddler nutritional drinks like pediasure.
The fat content was the main concern I had, other nutrients such as vitamin D, calcium, and protein are easily found in the plant-based foods we already eat. It would be helpful to find a supplement for "good" fats that can be added to babies milk during this important time in their development.
I am vegan and opposed to giving my son cows milk, but I am cautious to not deprive him of any necissary nutrition. Suggestions are welcome!
My baby is 14 months old. I still breastfeed approximately every 4-5 hours and once during the night. She also gets a glass of almond milk every day. She absolutely loves it. Rice milk doesnt have enough calories and soy milk is controversial. If you do not continue to breastfeed, just make sure she gets enough calcium and eats good fats such as canola oil, avocados, nuts and nut butters, etc...
I did think it was really important for me to breastfeed as long as possible precisely because I was vegan. But really, there are so many healthful vegan and non-processed ways to get good fats into a 6 month + old child that I think so much of what is recommended about weaning is out of ignorance. Drs. typically take one 3 hour class on nutrition in med school. Why we even bother asking them questions they are not qualified to answer is beyond me! Read a fairly recent nutrition textbook and you will find much better information than some random biased physician. Cow's milk having "healthy" fats? What are they on?!?!?!?!
That being said, my son drinks hemp milk now and loves it. I avoid soy milk for him simply for variety sake. I might find a way to give him a omega 3 supplement for insurance purposes too. Smoothies are a great way to sneak them in.
I like the rice milk. This is my first time breastfeeding and being vegan, and I am breastfeeding longer. I am still breastfeeding and my toddler is 2 and a few months, old. I highly recommend continuing.
I am not preg YET but this kinda stuff has been on my mind alot. You never know if your bodys gonna quit producing breastmilk. Then what am i gonna feed it. Lol just an idea coconut milk or coconut water-super good fat
I know someone whose baby was 100% vegan and grew up to be an amazing example of health as a child. She is talented, intelligent, was pushed two grades ahead during elementary school and is just all around great. The poster child for vegan babies. Don't let the doctors who were educated before science knew better, scare you! Find other doctors until you find one who knows what he/she is talking about in this area. Generally doctors don't have a lot of education in nutrition so maybe a nutritionist specifically would be a good place to start. Good luck :)
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