UPDATED May 25, 2019, added some videos near bottom.
On this Mother’s Day I thought it appropriate to deal with the latest vegan-baby-starvation-witch-hunt-oh-boy-let’s-all-pile-on-and-vent-our-vegan-hating-rage-and-demand-their-babies-are-all-confiscated-by-the-authorities-blah-blah-blah, out of Australia this time. Never mind the fact that tons of ignorant, unhinged parents of every dietary stripe are guilty of malnourishing their children every day, while the only ones that become a fake news sensation and hate fest are the so-called vegans…a tiny minority of vegans at that.
Gee whiz, I wonder why that would be. Could it be…well, that the dietary advisors and the meat- and pharmaceutical industry-beholden media are hell bent on destroying the vegan movement in any insidious, libelous, slanderous, dishonest, sleazy way possible? Oh gosh no! Our trusted, concerned, friendly faces of the media would do no such thing!
People so love those stories, a perfect chance to really let those despised vegans have it.
Below is a small sampling of the thousands of comments out there in the last several days, mostly self-righteously, extremely hostile, in response to this latest media campaign against veganism. My faves are the fifth and sixth ones down:
”I think it should be illegal to force eating habits on children under the age of 12. Also to brainwash them into said eating habits. They shohld be able to choose when they’re in tbeir mid teens and not before. This poor little mite shows that being vegan from birth is dangerous and detrimental to life.” (But forcing dead animals into their mouths is A-ok! 😣)
“It has nothing to do with being Vegan, and everything to do with being bad irresponsible parents.”
“I think this has more to do with being abusive than being vegan. That child was not fed enough of anything. My son was between 4 and 5 kilo when he was born. Unreal to think that poor 19 month old was under 5 kilo!!”
“A Vegan diet isn’t appropriate for an infant period”
“Mindless vegans again. It should be illegal to feed your child any fad diet. You should be obliged to feed them all food groups. After 18 they choose…stop imposing your mental illness onto a child. Try telling a vegan almond milk isn’t suitable for children they have a complete meltdown. Whole mentality of it is sick.” (But other species’ milk is suitable for children? So mentally healthy. 😣)
“And this is why vegans should not be alowed force their diets on kids. Babies need meat and other foods..”
“They should never ever be allowed to have any more children. They have proved themselves unfit, nothing to do with vegan beliefs, just evil. Were the other children malnourish too, vile cruel couple”
“Most sensible comment ever.”
“Vegans are wallys”
Get the drift? And that’s a UK publication where veganism is quite popular. A few sensible people, but the rest are nothing but ignorant, raging, aggressive conformists’ showing evidence of their bacon & cheese clogged carotid arteries.
Long story short:
You don’t feed a vegan baby nothing but starch, protein and a bit of banana and have a fear of soy because of “hormones,” as did the latest Australian parents, and not expect the child to have problems. A child needs vegetables including greens, carrots, etc.; fruits including citrus; beans, nuts or nut butters, whole grains, flaxseed or chia seed MEAL, a B12 supplement, daily sunshine or a vegan D3 supplement, and yes, a serving or two of soy products like organic tofu, and possibly a multivitamin & mineral supplement if you have a fussy eater. It’s not rocket science, just basic Human Nutrition, for Babies – 101.
When people get caught up in gurus like the “admirably slim” guy on the right here who spout, “all this or all that, high or low carb, high or low/no fat, NO SOY!, all raw, all fruit, no grains!, etc.,” then people are being really foolish, in my opinion. (Of course anyone sensitive to ANY substance such as peanuts, gluten or soy should not have them in their diet.)
The reality, not the media witch hunt, regarding vegan kids:
Following are some videos and articles including a great collection of recipes, for anyone who wants to see some REAL vegan kids being raised by sane, common-sense vegan parents, and the how-tos, but it’s all fairly simple…the hard part, as with any family, is getting fussy babies and kids to eat healthy.
Three videos of healthy vegan babies:
Tons of great RECIPES on Pintrest, Vegan Baby! https://www.pinterest.com/mishmashfire/vegan-baby/
Video with nurse practitioner on feeding vegan babies and kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwiVlka6imA
Article/podcast on the No Meat Athlete’s Kids: https://www.nomeatathlete.com/radio-196/
Article on nutrition for babies through teens from PCRM: https://www.pcrm.org/good-nutrition/nutrition-for-kids