The Quick Guide for Vegetarians and Vegans
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Is A Vegetarian Diet Safe For My Infant?

Should you, for dietary or ethical reasons decide that you want to put your infant on a

vegetarian diet, you should be very, very careful in choosing formulas and solid food for

your child.

If you plan to breastfeed your infant and you are also a vegetarian, you may need to supplement breast milk with additional sources of nutrition, depending on your dietary restrictions. If you are a vegan, or an ovo-vegetarian, you should add sources of vitamin B-12 to your child’s diet. Other than the B-12 supplements, your infant should be able to receive all micro and macro nutrients through breastfeeding, even if you are on a strictly vegan diet. If you plan to use formula rather than breast milk, you should stick to commercial formulas, which contain the proper amounts and ratios of nutrients. If you opt for a home made formula or soy milk over a commercial product, your child could experience developmental problems from a lack of proper nutrition. If you want to keep your infant on a vegan diet, you can select a soy commercial formula, as long as it is nutritionally-adequate. After about a year, you can begin to supplement formula or breast milk with other sources of nutrition, such as home made formulas, soy milk, yoghurt, and cow’s milk (if you are not a vegan). Nutritionists suggest that you keep your infant on a full-fat, high protein diet after age one, which includes vegetarian-friendly foods, such as mashed and puréed avocados, soy milk, nutrient-fortified tofu, and yoghurt. When you are ready to switch your infant to solid vegetarian foods, you can introduce solid tofu, pieces of vegetarian burgers, eggs, and cheese. If you supplement what a non-vegetarian diet lacks, maintain a full-fat diet, and increase your infant’s sources of protein, you should have no problem maintaining a healthful vegetarian diet during your child’s crucial developmental stages.
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Is A Vegetarian

Diet Safe For My

Infant?

Should you, for dietary or ethical

reasons decide that you want to

put your infant on a vegetarian

diet, you should be very, very

careful in choosing formulas and

solid food for your child.

If you plan to breastfeed your infant and you are also a vegetarian, you may need to supplement breast milk with additional sources of nutrition, depending on your dietary restrictions. If you are a vegan, or an ovo-vegetarian, you should add sources of vitamin B-12 to your child’s diet. Other than the B-12 supplements, your infant should be able to receive all micro and macro nutrients through breastfeeding, even if you are on a strictly vegan diet. If you plan to use formula rather than breast milk, you should stick to commercial formulas, which contain the proper amounts and ratios of nutrients. If you opt for a home made formula or soy milk over a commercial product, your child could experience developmental problems from a lack of proper nutrition. If you want to keep your infant on a vegan diet, you can select a soy commercial formula, as long as it is nutritionally-adequate. After about a year, you can begin to supplement formula or breast milk with other sources of nutrition, such as home made formulas, soy milk, yoghurt, and cow’s milk (if you are not a vegan). Nutritionists suggest that you keep your infant on a full-fat, high protein diet after age one, which includes vegetarian-friendly foods, such as mashed and puréed avocados, soy milk, nutrient-fortified tofu, and yoghurt. When you are ready to switch your infant to solid vegetarian foods, you can introduce solid tofu, pieces of vegetarian burgers, eggs, and cheese. If you supplement what a non-vegetarian diet lacks, maintain a full-fat diet, and increase your infant’s sources of protein, you should have no problem maintaining a healthful vegetarian diet during your child’s crucial developmental stages.
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