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Baby Breastfed By Vegan Mother Dies

Posted by on May. 24, 2013 at 7:40 AM
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vegan breastfeedingAn 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 due to the imbalanced vegan diet the mother ate which led to nutrient poor breastmilk and a failure to thrive child who eventually fell ill from severe nutrient deficiency and died without the parents ever seeking proper medical attention.

For more information on how a vegan diet devastates the health of children, read about how a 12 year old vegan was diagnosed with the degenerating bones of an 80 year old. Dr. Faisal Ahmed MD, a pediatrician treating the child, said that the dangers of forcing children to follow a strict vegan diet need to be publicized.

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by on May. 24, 2013 at 7:40 AM
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alexsmomaubrys2
by on May. 24, 2013 at 7:42 AM

BUMP!

MaryCimino
by on May. 24, 2013 at 7:44 AM

That's sad, that poor baby.

Mrs.H15
by Bronze Member on May. 24, 2013 at 7:44 AM
Wow. Poor baby : (
Mish321
by on May. 24, 2013 at 7:45 AM

How sad. 

thenameshailie
by Emerald Member on May. 24, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Very sad, this mom was probably just misinformed though.

alexsmomaubrys2
by on May. 24, 2013 at 7:50 AM
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Quoting thenameshailie:

Very sad, this mom was probably just misinformed though.

Probably. There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to veganism/vegetarianism. It is important to stay in contact with a nutritionist and have the baby tested to make sure they are getting the right amount of vitamins/minerals.

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alexsmomaubrys2
by on May. 24, 2013 at 12:53 PM

BUMP!

Mommy2b2many
by on May. 24, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Thats so sad! Why didn't the baby's pediatrician inform the mother that she needed more nutrients?? If the parents are going to be charged when she was most-likely misinformed; shouldn't the pediatrician be investigeted (assuming there was a ped involved)

alexsmomaubrys2
by on May. 24, 2013 at 12:58 PM


Quoting Mommy2b2many:

Thats so sad! Why didn't the baby's pediatrician inform the mother that she needed more nutrients?? If the parents are going to be charged when she was most-likely misinformed; shouldn't the pediatrician be investigated (assuming there was a ped involved)

She may not have told the pediatrician she was a vegan. Our pediatrician never asked about my diet. I was told to eat a healthy diet and how many calories I needed but as long as they were growing, it didn't come up again.

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a5hl3yC
by on May. 24, 2013 at 12:58 PM

This is why I plan to switch over after I am done breastfeeding.

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