Post # 1
Ok so I saw this article on Facebook this afternoon and it hits kinda close to home because my sister is pregnant and is also a vegan (for health reasons). This is actually a 2 year old article, but I was curious to see what you all thought about this. Any other vegan moms who breastfed? Did you have issues or do you think this might be more of an isolated incident?
Post # 3
This is crazy. That poor baby! At the bottom of the article it says the parents were sentenced to 5 years in prison. Is your sister planning to breastfeed?
Post # 4
I completely agree that the parents should go to jail. They did it to the baby
I used to think that tou can be perfectly healthy being vegetarian or vegan, but after doing extensive research I’ve come to the conclusion that it is a pretty stupid thing to do and that we need animal nutrients.
Poor baby and poor parents 🙁
Post # 5
wow thats really interesting but it makes sense. Its the same reason why the doctors ask you to keep taking your pre natals even after birth because everything you ingest will be present in your breast milk. I’ve seen many “vegan” friends of mine who have became sick because they were not getting the proper nutrients. A baby who needs it so much more should not be deprived of that.
Post # 6
It sounds like a large part of the problem was that they never sought medical care for the Infant. Had they done that at the start of the symptoms the child could have been treated. I’m also fairly certain that with proper vitamin supplementation this would be avoided.
Post # 7
@MrsTVLover: Guess I should have read it all the way through, huh?! Yeah, she plans to breastfeed and she has a great doctor at one of the country’s best hospitals so I would assume he has dealt with this type of circumstance before, but this just freaked me out a little.
@bebero: I’m conflicted on the topic because my sister nearly died from a severe blood condition and decided that instead of going on all kinds of steriods and medications, she wanted to try the Hallelujah Diet first (essentially a vegan diet) and not only has her blood condition been completely reversed, but her numbers are well above average now. I know that people tend to have extreme views on this topic, but I find it hard to hate on it too badly when it helped save my sister’s life.
Post # 8
@Follydust321: +1 Exactly
I think that there had to have been ALOT of signs something was wrong and that the baby was on the verge of death well before it died.
Post # 9
@SweetMelissa429: I will have to assume she didn’t intentionally kill her baby. She should have gotten advice from her doctor about what supplements to take and whether breast feeding was the best option given her diet. I am sure there are healthy vegans out there too? I don’t think she should have been charged if the intention wasn’t there, but what a terrible, sad story all around.
Post # 10
I think should have talked to her doctor about vitamins and other things should could have done to keep her baby healthy. I don’t think the kid just died one day. I think he probably showed signs of death and no one bothered to take him in.
Post # 11
@SweetMelissa429: while I agree that they could have sought quicker medical treatment when the baby fell sick, I do not feel that the parents were trying to or intentionally harming their baby. Being vegan and the beliefs that typically come with that lifestyle is such a personal choice, and I am sure they were trying to do best by their baby while staying true to their beliefs. This was an awful and tragic accident that shouldn’t have happened, but watching their baby die was punishment enough I am sure, they shouldn’t have gone to prison for this.
Post # 12
i think the reason they were convicted is because the baby got sick and they didn’t seek medical attention. had they sought treatment, the baby could’ve been saved. i haven’t heard of any other cases of this happening so other vegan mothers must be supplementing their diets properly. i don’t think it’s healthy to be vegan but i’m not going to tell people what to do with their bodies. as long as breastfeeding mothers make sure their babies are getting the nutrients they need, then i think it’s ok for them to be vegan.
Post # 13
@MrsPanda99: I completely agree. My sister’s dr. knows that she’s vegan and she’s already been on natural supplements for years to ensure that she gets the vitamins and nutrients that she needs, but she runs marathons, works out all the time, and is overall a very healthy young woman and from what she has said, her dr. doesn’t have any concerns with regard to her diet. I didn’t think about the breastfeeding until I saw this article, though. But as PP have said, this must have been an ongoing issue with the baby so why didn’t they get medical attention? So sad.
Post # 14
@SweetMelissa429: Maybe I’m giving too much benefit of the doubt here, but as a new mom, maybe she didn’t recognize that something was wrong because she didn’t know how babies were supposed to act. I guess that’s a weak excuse though, because she should have been getting regular check ups for herself and baby!
So I adapt my answer a bit – she should be criminalized for being a vegan and breastfeeding (maybe she HAD to be vegan for medical reasons), but if she neglected the baby and didn’t seek appropriate care when it was obviously necessary, then yes, that is criminal neglect. What an awful thing to happen :-
Post # 15
@SweetMelissa429: How awful. And completely avoidable. There’s a reason this kind of thing has only happened once. It’s because a vegan diet is completely doable, even if breastfeeding, if precautions are taken. There are supplements and alternate ways of getting the vitamins needed.
I had a pre-conception appointment earlier this week, and my doctor was thrilled that I’m a vegetarian. She said it greatly cuts down on risks to your baby, since you’re not getting the hormones that are found in meat products. However, it takes work making sure you’re getting all of the different nutrients that you need.
I wouldn’t worry about your sister, she seems like she’s on her toes about the whole thing. 🙂
Post # 16
Very interesting, and very sad!!!!
I know that this was one of the first questions my doctor asked: Was I vegetarian? Did I have any other dietary restrictions? I know that she would have consulted with me extensively on my diet had I said yes… and that was just for vegetarianism!
Very sad. Why wasn’t the woman taking supplements? Was she just clueless?