Does my breastfed baby have special needs if I am vegan?

12 Jul 2016

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If you follow a vegan diet or one that does not include any forms of animal protein, you or your baby might not get enough vitamin B12 in your bodies.

In a baby, B12 deficiency can cause symptoms such as:
         •  Loss of appetite
         •  Slow motor development
         •  Being very tired
         •  Weak muscles
         •  Vomiting
         •  Blood problems

You can protect your and your baby's health by taking vitamin B12 supplements while breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor about your vitamin B12 needs.

Sources:
Women’s Health Editorial (2014). Breastfeeding and everyday life. Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [Online]. Available: http://womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/breastfeeding-and-everyday-life.html [Jul.21, 2014]

 

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