Hello!! I have been vegan since I read the kind diet last April. However, I am still learning the ropes. I am now pregnant and not sure if I need to have dairy in order to breastfeed? Are there other vitamins or food I should add to my vegan diet? Everyone I know is pushing fish at least but I really do not want to. The thought actually make me sick! Please help.
I am a mom of 8 year old twins.
You do not need dairy to breast feed or even if you want to use formula. They have great soy formulas on the market.
Leafy greens like kale, swiss chard and beans have more calcium and iron then milk.
A great book to get is the vegetarian pregnancy book that Alicia suggested on here Mama page, and they even have a vegan pregnancy book, you can check on Amazon or vegnews.
Your only problem will be getting sleep once the little one is born.
Congrats and enjoy!
I totally agree, you do not have to succumb to outside pressure that your diet isn't adequate for your growing baby. In fact, with thoughtful consideration it can probably be better than a woman who is eating dairy, meat, and other animal products. Perhaps those around you think you need to eat fish for the fats and omegas that will help your baby grow. Walnuts and flaxseeds contain DHA to help promote healthy brain development in your baby. You can also take vegan DHA supplements if you are concerned about this. Take a good look at your diet and determine which nutrients you might not be getting enough of from your food and then consider supplements. During my pregnancy I continued with iron pills, vitamin D, and B12. I added DHA the further I got along in my pregnancy. Most doctors recommend prenatal vitamins before, during and after pregnancy, but usually this is to boost folate intake. A good vegan diet is already rich in folate!