CASSELBERRY, Fla. – A Casselberry mother was arrested on allegations of refusing to take her newborn, diagnosed by a doctor as dehydrated, to a hospital because of her staunch vegan stance.
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In observance of the heavy-hearted news, we’re using this time to embrace a healthy plant-based lifestyle, from babes to moms and everyone in between. Here at iEG, we have compassion for humans and animals alike. We love great food, supporting a cruelty-free community and initiating solutions for a better planet. We encourage happy and healthy lives and offer advice along with complete recipes that serve the entire family. We take pride in sharing information to empower our readers to make positive decisions for their loved ones and themselves.
That said, below is a compiled list of resources for current and soon-to-be vegan mommies.
1. Vegan Cuts – The Vegan Family Starter Kit $27.95
This delivered-to-your-doorstep box is filled with cruelty-free products designed for babies, toddlers, and you, too! From food pouches to creams to wipes, everything you need for happy little ones is contained inside. BONUS: We love Original Sprout for babies!
2. The Kind Mama by Alicia Silverstone
In The Kind Mama, Alicia Silverstone has created a comprehensive and practical guide empowering women to take charge of their fertility, pregnancy, and first 6 months with baby.
3. The Dangers of Soy-Based Infant Formulas + Alternative
Even though soy formula is discouraged as a first-choice artificial baby milk, in some babies it is a necessary alternative to cow’s milk-based formulas. According to Dr. William Sears, many of the objections to soy formula are perhaps more theoretical than practical (since studies have shown that healthy term babies grow just as well on soy as they do on cow’s-milk-based formulas). It’s what we do not know about soy that concerns us. We don’t have that much experience with soy, so be cautious.
Ask Dr. Sears is a nationally trusted resource for parents. William Sears, MD and Martha Sears, RN, have been sought advice by millions through 40+ pediatric books, articles in parenting magazines, and appearances on more than 100 television programs such as 20/20, Donahue, Good Morning America, Oprah, CBS This Morning, CNN, NBC’s Today Show and Dateline.
In countless articles and studies, it has been suggested (as there is no concrete evidence) that relying solely on soy-based formulas can be severely detrimental to an infant’s health.
Alternative options include raw cow or goats milk if that is a consideration for your family. Otherwise, raw mommies have come up with vegan-friendly solutions that meet the needs of their babies. Nature’s Raw Organics created a 100 percent raw and organic vegan baby formula.
Disclaimer: We strongly advise consulting the formula recipe with your infant’s pediatrician before attempting.
4. The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book.
This one here is for vegan mom’s to be! Written by Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, an instructor at the University of Massachusetts and the nutrition expert at the Vegetarian Resource Group, this book provides pregnant vegans with all the info they need to have a healthy, happy pregnancy and a healthy, happy vegan babe. Check it out on Amazon.
5. Vegan Pregnancy Survival Guide
Written by Bonzai Aphrodite blogger Sayward Rebhal, this book contains nutritional information, meal planning, and advice on how to handle questions from skeptics and critics alike. A great read for prego vegans or those trying to conceive.
While we highlighted resources for vegan motherhood, we didn’t mean to leave the vegan dads out of the equation! Check out one of our fav vegan parenting blogs: Vegan Dad.
For more information on maintaining a plant-based diet during pregnancy, click here. And please, share your vegan parenting tip with us in the comments! We welcome any and all input in the hopes that we all fulfill our parental and humanly duties to seek information and do our own research to ensure the healthiest of outcomes for us, and our kiddies.