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Baby Breastfed by Vegan Mother Dies

Posted by on May. 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM
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BEFORE ONE MORE PERSON BASHES ABOUT HOW THIS POST IS MISLEADING! THE TITLE OF THE POST IS THE TITLE OF THE FIRST ARTICLE. I ORIGINALLY ONLY POSTED THE FIRAT ARTICLE. ANOTHER POSTER TOLD ME ABOUT THE PNEUMONIA ASPECT SO I LOOKED IT UP AND POSTED THE SECOND ARTICLE. THE POST IS NOT MISLEADING IF YOU READ THE WHOLE DAMN THING. IF THE ONLY INFO YOU ARE GOING BY IS THE TITLE, I'M SORRY FOR YOU. BUT I'M NOT CHANGING IT BECAUSE, FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT I'VE EVER SEEN, THERE ARE A MULTITUDE OF WOMEN TALKING ABOUT BREASTFEEDING WITHOUT BASHING EACH OTHER ABOUT FORMULA. THANK YOU.




An 11 month old baby exclusively breastfed by a vegan mother has died and the parents are charged with neglect after an autopsy indicated the baby suffered from deficiencies in vitamin B12 and Vitamin A – both known to be critical to a child’s development.

Vegans have long been advised to take B12 supplements as long term veganism runs the huge risk of serious B12 deficiency as well as other nutrients only found in animal foods such as true Vitamin A. Beta carotene is not true vitamin A nor does it easily convert to adequate amounts of Vitamin A in the body.

While I’m not sure I favor charging the parents in this tragedy as it smacks of Big Brother far too much for my comfort level, it does communicate a clear message to other vegans: abstinence from all animal foods is a danger to one’s health and most particularly, your baby!

It also sends a clear message that what a breastfeeding Mother eats definitely DOES affect the quality of her breastmilk. Many breastfeeding advocates insist that breastmilk will include all a baby needs despite what the Mother eats, but clearly this is not the case.

Traditional cultures took great care to ensure that pregnant and breastfeeding mothers consumed ample amounts of animal foods rich in vitamins A, D, E, K and of course B12. These foods included grassfed butter, pastured eggs, liver, seafood, and fish eggs. Notice that none –NOT ONE of these traditionally sacred foods is plant based!

If you are pregnant and breastfeeding and would like to learn what foods will maximally support the health of your baby while nursing, please check this link for the complete listing of traditionally sacred foods for optimal fetal and baby development. These foods will also ensure the preservation of your own health during pregnancy and lactation which can easily deplete a Mother’s nutritional stores leaving her vulnerable to exhaustion.

*Update: The vegan parents whose baby died as described in this article were convicted by a French court to 5 years in prison.

http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/baby-breastfed-by-vegan-mother-dies/


Did Homeopathic Medicine, Breast-Feeding and Veganism Kill a Baby?

By Bonnie Rochman April 04, 2011

Alternative medicine is far more commonplace today than it was in the past. Herbs and natural remedies can, in many cases, be effective at soothing colds and addressing muscle aches and plenty of other ailments. But a verdict handed down last week by a French court is a reminder that homeopathic treatment alone is hardly the answer to every health woe. In some cases, it may even be tantamount to child abuse.

Last week, French couple Joel and Sergine Le Moaligou were sentenced to five years in prison for “neglect or food deprivation” after their 11-month-old daughter died due to their failure to follow a doctor’s advice. But due to a suspended sentence, they won’t end up spending any more time behind bars than they already have awaiting trial.

The couple, strict vegans, brought their baby, Louise, to a doctor in Jan. 2008, two months before her death. The doctor suspected pneumonia and directed the couple to get their daughter a chest X-ray. Instead, they returned home and followed recipes they found in their books on natural medicine for mustard, garlic and clay poultices. (More on Time.com: The Government’s Dietary Guidelines Get Guff From All Sides)

The couple’s alternative ‘bible’ was “The Natural Guide to Childhood,” written in 1972 by Jeanette Dextreit, 88, who defended her book in a video link to the court saying it had been written “a long time ago”, according to The Guardian.

“It was a book on (child)rearing not a book of treatment. I didn’t say to consult a doctor if the illness persisted because, for me, that was obvious,” she said.

Louise had been losing weight — she wasn’t even 13 pounds (5.9 kg) at nearly 1 year old — but her parents cancelled an appointment with her doctor. She died about a week later.

The case has attracted considerable attention in Europe, where proponents of both breast-feeding and veganism have rejected the connection made by state prosecutors between the breast-fed baby’s death and her mother’s diet, which was purged of all animal products including eggs and fish. (More on Time.com: Babies Who Start Solids Too Early More Likely To Be Obese)

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies be nourished exclusively on breast milk for the first six months; solid foods are gradually introduced one by one after that. It would be highly unusual for an 11-month-old to be solely breast-fed but even moreso in France, where apparently breast-feeding is “something akin to drinking your own urine,” according to commentary from Fiachra Gibbons in The Guardian.

“As a gynaecologist reminded a friend of mine the day she confirmed her pregnancy,” Gibbons wrote, “Your breasts are for your husband, not your baby.”

Perhaps that’s why France’s breast-feeding rate is the lowest of any Western nation. A bestseller, The Conflict: The Woman and the Mother, portrays breast-feeding as a misogynistic practice that hobbles mothers by tying them down to “despotic, gluttonous babies who devour their mothers.” (More on Time.com: Breast-Feeding: It Takes a Village to Help Moms Succeed)

The French may be known for being romantics, but apparently not when it comes to babes-in-arms.
http://healthland.time.com/2011/04/04/did-homeopathic-medicine-breast-feeding-and-veganism-kill-a-baby/


Honestly whether its the mal nutrition or the pneumonia that killed the baby, the stories do bring up a valid point. If you are going to exclusively breastfeed you should be educated and aware of what types of nutrients you need to be intaking to provide nutritious milk.
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Teeshann
by Platinum Member on May. 20, 2013 at 11:06 AM
How sad.
FrozenReesesCup
by on May. 20, 2013 at 11:07 AM
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That's awful. Buy they had no malicious intent. They just thought they were feeding their baby!

Someone should've educated them more while she was in the hospital and let her know that formula feeding isn't bad.

I feel so bad for them! They last their baby and now have to go to jail for an accident.
tarakay0417
by on May. 20, 2013 at 11:08 AM
That is sad. Idk if I agree with charging the parents though. Its not like they killed the baby on purpose.
svolkov
by Emerald Member on May. 20, 2013 at 11:08 AM
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Wow thats so sad. But you can be healthy and vegan . Obviously they werent
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on May. 20, 2013 at 11:10 AM
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This but at the same time why didn't someone say something I'm sure the baby showed some signs of issues before it died. So I think there probably was some neglect if it did and they did nothing to help. That said i think losing there child is punishment enough. I don't believe there was any malicious intent here the whole story is sad


Quoting FrozenReesesCup:

That's awful. Buy they had no malicious intent. They just thought they were feeding their baby!



Someone should've educated them more while she was in the hospital and let her know that formula feeding isn't bad.



I feel so bad for them! They last their baby and now have to go to jail for an accident.

TheDoctorsWife
by on May. 20, 2013 at 11:10 AM
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 How sad and tragic. There must've been signs the baby wasn't getting the proper nutrition though

 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on May. 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Only 5 years? I'd volunteer for more if that happened to my LO.

Pooobaihr
by Platinum Member on May. 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM

very sad.

niki_hubbard
by Silver Member on May. 20, 2013 at 11:12 AM

This. I think prosecuting the parents just turned some women off of nursing. "I can be jailed if I do not eat right and my baby may DIE from bf?!" ...

Quoting tarakay0417:

That is sad. Idk if I agree with charging the parents though. Its not like they killed the baby on purpose.


Randi02
by Platinum Member on May. 20, 2013 at 11:13 AM
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Post the whole story. That's not why the baby died.
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