Paediatric dietician Nicole Rothband says: “[A vegan diet] can hamper a child’s growth, and they may not achieve their full growth potential, it can also slow down an affect their intellectual development and that can impact on their life choices.”
Are vegan babies smaller?
Children on vegan diets had about 5% lower bone mineral content and were on average 3cm shorter in height. This is important, as the higher the bone mineral content, the higher the bone mineral density.
What do vegan babies drink instead of milk?
If a vegan or vegetarian baby is weaned from breast milk before 12 months, they should receive iron-fortified infant formula until they are 1 year old. Milk alternatives, such as soy, rice, almond, hemp, etc., are not recommended during the first year of life because they do not have the right amounts of nutrients.
Is it OK for babies to be vegetarian?
Vegans are vegetarians who avoid all animal foods. With special planning, vegetarian diets can be healthy for all ages, including babies.
Are most vegans healthy?
Like any eating plan to restrict specific food groups, vegan diets can come up short in essential nutrients such as protein, calcium, iron and vitamin B12. If planned and supplemented (as needed) appropriately, vegan diets can certainly be a part of a healthy lifestyle.
Can I give my baby almond milk instead of milk?
Almond milk can safely be given to most toddlers but is not a replacement for breast milk or infant formula. Almond milk may be a healthful replacement for cow’s milk in some cases, but there are some nutritional differences to be aware of when making the switch.