Vegans & Breastfeeding 03/15/11
Vegetarians and vegans are against breastfeeding. This is one statement Laura Cooke doubts is true.
This morning I came across an article that claimed that many vegans and vegetarians have an issue with breastfeeding their own children.
Many vegetarians and even more vegans have a problem when it comes to suckling their new-born babies. This is because many vegetarians and most vegans are opposed to the intake of animal produce. This is a problem because it has been stated by the overwhelming majority of doctors and mid-wives that mother’ breast milk is the best food for a baby. This is because mother’s breast milk will contain a assortment of protective substances against diseases and allergies.
While it’s obvious that this article was not very well written or researched, it is worrying that this idea is being perpetuated. That said, the writer obviously got the idea from somewhere – so, what I am wondering, is this an an issue for any vegans or vegetarians?
For a few resources, with better references, dealing with veganism and pregnancy and breastfeeding, check out these links:
Pregnancy and the Vegan Diet
The Vegetarian Breastfeeding Mother