View Full Version : Raising vegan/raw food babies, are there any risks of malnutrition?
09-28-2011, 12:33 PM
A user on YouTube directed me to this webpage about couples that were criminally put in jail because their child died of malnutrition on a fruitarian diet:
Has anybody had any experience of giving only raw foods(potatoes, fruit, nuts and seeds, herbs, beans) and breast milk to babies? I am a man, but I am interested how would you go about doing it, just to make sure there wouldn't be any malnutrition.
09-28-2011, 03:17 PM
For the ages of 0-1 the ONLY FOOD that babies need is breast milk. Babies do not NEED cereal or other foods before then, but people start introducing food often because babies like to eat it. It is preferable that babies continue to eat breast milk until they ween themselves from it and as long as breast feeding (or pumping and bottle feeding) is mutually enjoyable. Babies can be healthy (psychologically and also physiologically) even if they are consuming breast milk up to the age of 3-5.
The American Pediatric Association states that a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle, when well balanced is a diet that is suitable for ALL stages of life.
I have heard some cases like the one that you mention, but it is because their children did not have a balanced diet for a baby's body. babies need a lot more fat than people usually think.
My daughter is 9 months old and is breast fed. She also eats whole raw and vegan foods (because she is curious and we let her lead in her development) and she is in the 99%tile for head circumference, height, and weight. She is mentally ahead of schedule development wise and a recent blood test proved that her vitamin levels are all great.
I do not recommend a raw vegan life for all babies. Parents must do many many hours of research (my wife and I studied for months) to know what they are doing. If done right, then most babies will be fine.
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