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#1 Old 12-29-2008, 05:45 PM
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My son is 9 months old and I do want him to make his own choice eventually about being Veg, but out of curiosity, can babies at his age be healthy without meat in their diet? Alot of the baby food has little protein unless it's got meat in it. I have been making alot of my own baby food, mostly because I don't like all the preservatives and stuff in the storebought kinds. I haven't stopped giving him the regular baby food with meat in it because I'm worried about his growth and early development; especially brain development.

Again, this is mostly out of curiosity, but if I learn something new... who knows?
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#2 Old 12-29-2008, 06:26 PM
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of course they can! look at all the bajillions of babies in india who don't eat meat for religious reasons. they all turn into adults.



even the ADA says its ok: http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg...3_ENU_HTML.htm



the vegetarian and vegan societies offer guidelines on food for infants which might also help with your concerns:



http://www.vegsoc.org/info/infant.html



http://www.vegansociety.com/people/l...ren/babies.php
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my daughter was vegetarian (and still is!) from birth...or conception, if you want to get technical...



at that age, your son will be getting plenty of protein from breastmilk/formula, and nutrition, in general...the baby food is just filler...



later on, adding beans, tofu, seitan and the like to his diet will satisfy the protein requirement...



we did homemade baby food for anna, too...super easy and you can add lots of nutrient-dense foods to the mix that you can't typically find in commercial baby foods...
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of course they can! look at all the bajillions of babies in india who don't eat meat for religious reasons. they all turn into adults.

OMG I never thought of it like that. Brill!



I have a friend who has a beautiful and healthy 2yo dollfaced toddler, who has been vegan since birth. Amazing.
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my little brother has never had meat (apart from a mouthful of spam once when he was 10- yuck). that and practically all he'd eat until he was about 6 was digestive biscuits with cheese, and apple juice. he's 26 and built like a toilet door now. small people are suprisingly resiliant, i think.
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Your son definitely does not need meat to be healthy. Any vitamin or nutrient found in meat can be found in other sources. I have a 16 month old vegetarian and he is very healthy. We eat lots of soy products, beans, and eggs. If you really want to give your son the oppurtunity to choose, why feed him meat before he can understand where it came from?
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My kids have never eaten meat of any kind. At 12 and 16, they are healthy, happy, good students, etc. Yes, you can do it. When mine were little, they liked hummus on bread cubes, green peas, etc. I felt better that they were still nursing past 1 year, too.
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As mentioned, many babies are vegetarian and vegan, and grow up just fine. You can get protein from plenty of other sources..beans, whole grains, etc. Even Dr. Spock recommends a vegetarian diet!



As for the brain development issue, the key nutrients important for young babies are Essential Fatty Acids, found mostly in nuts, oils and flax (in a vegan diet). However, if you're still breast feeding or using formula, there will be EFA's in there as well.

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of course they can! look at all the bajillions of babies in india who don't eat meat for religious reasons. they all turn into adults.



I didn't even think of that... *DUH*



Those links were great too. Thank you!
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I've got a 21 month old. She's never been a good eater, but she did go through a phase of loving strained peas. We had her eating Yo Baby yogurt by 8 months or so, so she got lots of extra protein there, in addition to breastmilk. Our pedi always wanted her to eat "lentils and rice", but our DD has always had a texture issue with food, so if it wasn't liquified food, she wouldn't eat it. But lentils and rice is something you could try, for sure.



You can give them almond milk or soymilk around 11-12 months, I think.



There are lots of choices for protein for a veggie baby.
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Proud Momma of two veggie kids and they are both doing great! My DD eats a smidge of dairy and an egg or two a week, I was a little nervous when I had her and I knew she could get whatever she needed with that plus other balanced vegan options. My little man is severly allergic to dairy, so he will be my first vegan guy. (we are phasing out eggs) and I have no worries other than making sure that he gets enough essential oils.



if you are breastfeeding keep it up! If you breastfeed until they are two and you won't even have to worry about what food they are eating. My little tongue-tied guy (who is on formula-it was not my first choice thats for damn sure) will be on a mix of formula and soy/rice milk fortified with oils after he turns one. Most kids will still get the lions share of their nutrients from whatever milk they drink until 2 or so.



oh, and for whats its worth, my children will not be allowed to choose meat until they really understand what it comes from. I will not make them accessories to murder until they understand the implications of their choice. You don't have to ever assume that eating meat is the default diet and vegetarinism is the choice. I prefer to think of it as the opposite.
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The best food for a human from 0-3 years old... is mother's breastmilk. You don't have to worry about macronutrients if you feed your kid that kind of perfect food.



PS - I have a 19 year old daughter who was vegetarian from birth. She ate essentially nothing but her mother's milk for the first year of her life, and continued to breastfeed until she was over 4.
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oh, and for whats its worth, my children will not be allowed to choose meat until they really understand what it comes from. I will not make them accessories to murder until they understand the implications of their choice. You don't have to ever assume that eating meat is the default diet and vegetarinism is the choice. I prefer to think of it as the opposite.



It is the opposite. If a child understands from a young age that meat comes from animals, they will rarely choose to eat meat.
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For what it's worth, I never fed my daughter the meat baby foods and she isn't even vegetarian! The meat baby food just looked so gross to me so I stuck with the vegetable and fruits. She got everything she needed from breast milk and then formula.
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Why let them make that decision? Why not raise them with your ethics, and let them decide to eat meat if they choose? Just curious.



I have 2 kids...DS is 6 next month, and DD is 2 in April. Niether one of them has ever had meat. They are both healthy, active, growing children. The rule of thumb is .4g of protein per 1 pound of body weight. So, a 20 lb child only needs 8 grams of protein a day...not at all hard to meet that need.
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The best food for a human from 0-3 years old... is mother's breastmilk. You don't have to worry about macronutrients if you feed your kid that kind of perfect food.



PS - I have a 19 year old daughter who was vegetarian from birth. She ate essentially nothing but her mother's milk for the first year of her life, and continued to breastfeed until she was over 4.

That's awesome!
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Why let them make that decision? Why not raise them with your ethics, and let them decide to eat meat if they choose? Just curious.



I have 2 kids...DS is 6 next month, and DD is 2 in April. Niether one of them has ever had meat. They are both healthy, active, growing children. The rule of thumb is .4g of protein per 1 pound of body weight. So, a 20 lb child only needs 8 grams of protein a day...not at all hard to meet that need.



If the kids are eating solid food (ie not breastmilk) you might also consider a kids chewable vegetarian multivitamin, and perhaps a food-based iron supplement like Floradix.
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If the kids are eating solid food (ie not breastmilk) you might also consider a kids chewable vegetarian multivitamin, and perhaps a food-based iron supplement like Floradix.

DS takes a chewable veg friendly multi daily, and DD takes Floradix liquid multi for children. We also have a bottle of Floradix iron. DD is still bfing as well.
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