Tips On Feeding Your Vegetarian Baby

By Owen Jones

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.

However, if a woman chooses that she cannot give her baby her breast milk for philosophical reasons, it is not a disaster, because there have always been women that cannot feed their children in this manner for one reason or another. Typical reasons may be illness or malnutrition. There are preparations available to give your baby everything it requires, so there is no need to be anxious.

Whether you breast feed or not, make certain that your baby gets enough vitamin B12. It will also need lots of vitamin D, which comes from sunlight. There are different estimates of how much exposure is adequate, but ten minutes a day or so is about average. The one thing that all medical personnel will agree on however, is that the baby ought to not run any danger of getting sun burn and if the sun is strong, the eyes have to be protected too.

Iron is a vital part of anyone's diet and breast milk can provide enough for a four to six month old, because breast milk is not especially rich in iron. After that time, food ought to be chosen that has a higher iron content. Meat will provide the iron for a meat-eater, so a vegetarian mother has to take this into account. The advice of your physician, midwife or dietitian will be invaluable here as elsewhere.

A great deal of parents give their infant rice cereal fortified with iron as one of the baby's first foods. Check with your GP, but it is normally a decent idea to continue with your breast milk or formula feeds even if you are feeding rice cereal. Other grains and cereals such as oats, barley and corn can be used as well, but they ought to be put through a liquidizer first and mixed with fruit or / and vegetable pulp.

You might be advised that the iron content of these foods is still not adequate, in which case it is quite standard to be given an iron supplement to add to the baby's food. It is about this time, after the baby is happy eating cereal, that fruit and vegetable purees can be given in their own right. Make sure that the fruit and vegetables are well pureed or mashed.

Bananas, avocado, apples and canned peaches or pears are all good options here as are vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, and green beans, although they have to be cooked first, naturally. There are lots of good recipes on the Net or at your GP's surgery to make certain that your baby gets all the nutrients it needs from a vegetarian diet,

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