Breast feeding and wanting to go vegan
Hello I am new to this site. I have been vegetarian for 5 years and I have tryed going vegan about 3 yrs ago but I did not stick to it.
Right now I want to go vegan but I am breast feeding, my husband thinks I should not switch right now because he thinks that the baby wont get enough nutrition. Has anyone gone through this situation before, or has breastfeed well being vegan?
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I haven't breastfed, but I think your husband is being a wonderfully concerned father while being misguided by popular media.
Non-vegan foods: dairy, eggs, meat
Dairy: Humans did not evolve to require milk as adults; there's nothing inherent in dairy exclusively that we require for nutrition.
Eggs and Meat: Less confusing than thinking we require dairy, but they are ways to get nutrition that you could also get from vegetable sources. Plus, large amounts of protein can block the absorption of nutrients, so by eating eggs and meat you may be getting less nutrients. The only thing you can't get from plants alone is B12, which produced by bacteria (not an animal or plant) and you can find in supplements.
What are your husband's specific nutritional concerns?
Do you have a history of lacking in vitamins and/or minerals?
If not, I don't see the need for any concern, even while breastfeeding. Although like humboldt_honey mentioned, vitamin B12 supplements are good to have.
When I breastfed my kids, (in my omnivore days) I had multivitamin-mineral supplements that were made for breastfeeding mothers. I've always lacked iron, and sometimes other vitamins/minerals, so I wanted to be on the safe side.
If your husband is worried maybe you could look for vegan multivitamin and mineral supplements - ones that are made for breastfeeding mothers. Or maybe just get blood tests on a regular basis to check your vitamin and mineral levels.
Sorry if I didn't help at all. :-\