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Weaning a vegan baby?

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MoreSnowPlease Tue 12-Mar-13 15:11:32

Anyone else vegan?
We are newly vegan and DS is 8.5 mo. I am just looking for ideas of finger foods as the general ones seem to be cheese, ham etc...

He will have veg sticks but want to make sure he gets more than this, he used to have what we were eating just pureed but hates being fed now and wants to do it himself...hence the struggle!

drwitch Thu 28-Mar-13 15:58:33


showtunesgirl Thu 28-Mar-13 15:46:06

drwitch I am one of those. blush

SatsukiKusukabe Thu 28-Mar-13 15:45:24

sure there is a ham thread for you some where

drwitch Thu 28-Mar-13 15:44:36

can i be a "naiceatarian"; i only eat naice and poncey food

SatsukiKusukabe Thu 28-Mar-13 15:44:18

oh ok,

pianomama Thu 28-Mar-13 15:40:13

They may be useful for some people intolerant to chicken eggs.

SatsukiKusukabe Thu 28-Mar-13 15:40:06

dunno where the i.e. came from confused

SatsukiKusukabe Thu 28-Mar-13 15:38:53

but she is bf piano.

SatsukiKusukabe Thu 28-Mar-13 15:38:07

are quail eggs inherently more nutritious than chicken eggs i.e. have they only been mentioned because this is mumsnet?wink (genuine question though)

pianomama Thu 28-Mar-13 15:36:26

Note the difference - we are talking about vegan diet for young baby - no milk, butter, eggs or meat - and no nuts in his case.

SatsukiKusukabe Thu 28-Mar-13 15:35:56

good point smoulder, also some people keep their own chickens as well.

Viviennemary Thu 28-Mar-13 15:34:42

I would be very worried a vegan diet would not be suitable for a small child and it would leave the child deficient in essential vitamins and nutrients. I would certainly seek advice from a health visitor, doctor or dietician before embarking on this.

YouBrokeMySmoulder Thu 28-Mar-13 15:32:56

OP if you read my post you will have seen that I know by name where my eggs come from and consider that a more ethical choice than the most ethically sourced fish. It isnt black and white by any means.

SatsukiKusukabe Thu 28-Mar-13 15:26:42

babies are 1 and 2.

SatsukiKusukabe Thu 28-Mar-13 15:25:53

also added dha is standard in a lot of milk replacement products now anyway. My babies get it in their soymilk because they are also dairy free.

SatsukiKusukabe Thu 28-Mar-13 15:23:39

I supplemented yes I did. and no, I have no medical knowledge whatsoever. my midwifes and nurses, doctors and lactation experts did however and they were very happy with mine and DC diets and that was in the USA and UK. are you a medical professiinal piano? if you are I'm sure you will agree that a medical degree does not come with a set of opinions on everything, and that while some doctors are against vegetarian diets many are also against meat based diets and offer vegetarianism as a way of decreasing your risk for diabetes cancer and other illnesses.

pianomama Thu 28-Mar-13 15:15:49

Did you supplement DHA as well which is really important for baby's brain development? Vitamin A? B12? B6? Carnitine? Iron? A list goes on and on.
Do you have medical training to state on public forum that vegan diet is suitable for young babies /children ?

SatsukiKusukabe Thu 28-Mar-13 14:56:50

I definitely did supplement while pg and bf (was veggy not vegan though then)

SatsukiKusukabe Thu 28-Mar-13 14:54:59

that's what I was trying to explain, I was stating supplementing is only necessary for not pg or bf women if you are a lazy eater if that wAs directed at me.

colditz Thu 28-Mar-13 14:45:23

Supplements whilst breast feeding are recommended by absolutely EVERYONE who has any medical knowledge whatsoever. The only people who don't recommend supplements are the the ones who have decided that Big Pharma is out to Get Them, and these are always solitary voices in the maelstrom of "please, please don't malnourished your baby on purpose" voices from breast feeding organisations, vegan organisations, doctors, dietician s etcetcetc the list goes on.

SatsukiKusukabe Thu 28-Mar-13 14:35:00

and if the mother is taking care herself and bf there us no problem

SatsukiKusukabe Thu 28-Mar-13 14:33:49

supplements are for lazy eating and to make life easier for pregnant or bf women. same as with meat eaters. l was vegan for years and never had any deficiencies nor did I supplement

pianomama Thu 28-Mar-13 14:30:59

SatsukiKusukabe - read my post again - I am talking about young babies.
I am not talking about vegans generally - it's a lifestyle choice.

ShatnersBassoon Thu 28-Mar-13 13:58:04

"he can handle breastmilk which contains a lot of lactose, but he can't handle breastmilk if I have had dairy."

Are you having dairy as well as fish now you've stopped being vegan? I think you can certainly relax a bit about your son's diet, seeing as you're not as restrictive as you were a fortnight ago.

SatsukiKusukabe Thu 28-Mar-13 13:51:48

you don't want to get in to the debate but you just wanted to mention that vegans are wrong and it's unnatural? so is eating meat at every meal, so is cooked meat. so is cow milk at any age especially beyond weaning age. . so is eating sugar, so is eating the processed shit meat that most people seem to think is childrens food. The vast majority of meat eaters I have met seem to think feeding their kids chicken fingers and peas and cocopops is a varied diet.

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