Vegan moms-to-be need to take precautions
Future mothers and children eating vegetarian diets need to make sure their nutrition needs are met.
The Vegetarian Resource Group offers a free brochure, "Vegan Nutrition in Pregnancy and Childhood." In it, Reed Mangels, a registered dietitian, addresses basic needs in pregnancy, and the needs of infants, toddlers and school-age children.
General guidelines include:
A well-planned vegan diet can easily be followed during pregnancy, while breast-feeding, and in childhood.
During pregnancy, the body needs extra calories, protein, vitamins and minerals.
It is important to note that soy milk, rice milk and homemade formulas should not be used to replace breast milk or commercial formulas during a child's first year.
Introduce new foods to a baby only one at a time, to identify possible allergens.
Do not restrict fat in a baby's diet before 2 years of age. Fat sources include avocados, olive oil and nut butters. Nut butters are possible allergens, so watch carefully for signs of allergic reaction. Nut butters should be given only to babies older than 1 year, and only with supervision.
To obtain the brochure, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with two first-class stamps to The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, Md. 21203.
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