If you are going to start your infant off in life with a vegetarian diet, for whatever reason you decide. Always try to be very selective as to what formulas and solids you give to your child.
Maybe you are a vegetarian yourself? If this is the case and you wish to breastfeed your infant, you may need to supplement the feed with additional nutrients. Vegans or ovo vegetarians may need to add Vitamin B-12 to their child’s food.
But even if you are a strict Vegetarian you should be able provide all the other important nutrients that your child needs through breastfeeding, apart from Vitamin B-12.
If you do not breastfeed your child, it is better to feed them with a commercial formula feed that contains all the nutrients that they need. Some Soy milk or homemade formula milk may not have the same nutrients as commercial formula milk. This could lead to problems with your child’s development.
If you decide that you want your child on a Vegan diet. There are commercial Soy formula milks that do have the right amount of nutrition in them.
Supplementing the breast milk with homemade formula or Soy milk, or even cows milk if you are not a vegan, can take place after the first year.
A full fat, high protein diet with foods such as Yogurt, mashed avocados, eggs and cheese is recommended by nutritionists after your child is one year old.
When your infant is ready to change to solid foods, you could add Vegetarian burgers, solid tofu, eggs and cheese.
The main thing is to supplement your kid’s diet with the proper nutrients and protein that a vegetarian diet lacks, and maintain a full fat diet. You should have no problems in maintaining a healthy vegetarian diet during the crucial stages of your child’s development.
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