Wow, wow, wow, you all are on the ball! I am so happy to have found this group, I love everything I have read here. My name is Jenna Boudreau, I am a 31 year old, Breastfeeding, Vegan Mom. My Daughter Elle, who is very healthy and 9 1/2 months, reside with her father/my husband Kris in Washington State USA. I was a vegetarian for many years and decided to go vegan, on advice from a nutritionist, when I discovered I was pregnant with Elle. It took me a while to fully make the transition, unfortunately, I had a hard time giving up cheese when I was pregnant. For many people veganism is a cold-turkey epiphany, for me it was more of an unfolding. Finally, after eating veggie cheese for several months my nutritionist informed me that my brand contained casinate-a milk protein. After reading something about puss in dairy products, and treatment of dairy cows, I committed and the three of us have lived a completely vegan lifestyle for about 7 months now.
I wanted to share something I found yesterday- Dr. Spock's book, 'Baby and Child Care', the one my parents raised me on, well, later in life after he had health problems, he supported a meat free dairy free diet for children. I really enjoyed sharing this with my omnivorous mother, someone she always recognized as an authority, also went veg! She has always viewed me as more of a radical, than a concerned mother. My mother-in-law is another story she can't even talk about our diet.
I found this info on the lifelight website http://www.lightlife.com/smartkids.html
while looking for information, for a library display my local vegan group is doing.
The local group is great however, I am the only parent there, so far. I have questions about when to introduce new foods, especially rice cereal. Elle currently eats tons of fruits and veggies, sunny milk, made with sunflower seeds, she eats a few cooked lentils, and recently we added the rice cereal (earth's best) after her nine month check-up, but I originally intended to wait hmmmmm? I am really happy to be here, and feel free to bombard me with children’s recipes and ideas.
Thank-you, Jenna and Elle