Post # 1
Strange question, I know, but I don’t have any vegan friends to answer it for me. Like are they anti-breastfeeding? Would they not use certain skincare products on their baby if it has been tested on animals, even if it is more effective than a vegan one? Denying them healthy foods they need to build healthy muscles and bones?
This question is not meant to be judgmental of the vegan lifestyle. Just curious.
Post # 3
@Aquaria: I’m not sure why a vegan would be anti-breastfeeding? But I’m sure that most parents who live a vegan lifestyle would pass it onto their kids. People don’t NEED meat/animal products to grow and be healthy as long as their parents were properly nourishing them..
Post # 4
@Aquaria: I am vegan.
No, vegans are not anti-breastfeeding. Why on earth would you think that?
And the fact that you ask about “denying them healthy foods they need to build healthy muscles and bones?” reveals that you ARE in fact being judgmental of the vegan lifestyle.
Post # 5
@Ninteenthchance: I mentioned the breastfeeding because don’t vegans only consume vegetable matter?
Post # 6
My husband’s a scientist (his main look is at expanding life span) and he’s seen 3 very very famous scientist, all who say that if people stop eating meat, heart problems would literally drop off the effile tower.
I’m not vegan. But my kids will not be eating red meat.
Post # 7
@Aquaria: They avoid animal products. It’s not about just consuming “vegetable matter”
Post # 8
@blushpinkbride: I’m not being judgmental, sorry if I came across that way. I’m a child of the 80’s. Just reflecting what the pediatricians of those days used to say. “Give the kids as much milk as they can consume..”.. I’m not a doctor. This is just all I know on the subject and that’s why I asked.
Post # 9
A vegan couple I know has raised their son to be vegan. I think it’s just like anything else… If it’s something the parents believe in, they pass those beliefs onto their children. I believe she breastfed him, and he is 2 and healthy. I know they did refrain from using A LOT of products that other people use freely. If there were any complications or difficulty raising a vegan baby, they are the kind of people who wouldn’t have shared that information.
Post # 10
@Aquaria: ha! Since you dont have vegan friends I see why you’d think they would be anti breast feeding but knowing vegans myself that’s kind of funny. They are anti animal biproducts, usually for ethical reasons like cows being mistreated and chickens being squashed into little cages all their lives. Human women are free to roam where they please, so I doubt any vegans are anti human milk!
Post # 11
I don’t think @Aquaria: is coming from a bad place with her thread or posting…seems just unaware of the lifestyle in general for the most part.
With that said, BF is not something only non-vegans can enjoy.
I don’t know much about the vegan lifestyle, either, only that I believe they don’t eat cheese and milk because it comes from animals?
I’m really interested actually. I don’t know anyone who is vegan.
Post # 12
I would imagine that they would. If you are ethically opposed to eating or using animal products, would you be okay preparing them for your children?
Post # 13
@Aquaria: I am friends with a family that is raw vegan (Does not consume animal products or anything cooked, literally just raw fruits, veggies and nuts). They raised their family to be raw vegan but once the kids hit high school age they were allowed to pick their diet which I think is reasonable. Two kids still eat raw vegan, one does not.
Post # 14
@Aquaria: Human milk is given with the mother’s consent.
Cow’s milk is taken from cows without their consent in often horrific settings.
And to answer your original question, I do not plan on having children but if I did they’d be raised vegetarian (a compromise with my omnivore soon-to-be-husband)
Post # 15
Also, I’d just like to add that many vegans are vegans for health reasons, such as my FI. The ethical component to veganism pertains entirely to the needless exploitation of animals, which is why some people choose to be vegan. Breastfeeding does not exploit animals, so it is not a problem.
Post # 16
@Aquaria: I would assume they would raise their children the same way they practice themselves. I’m a vegetarian and so is my fiancé and wouldnt give our child meat. More for moral reasons but why would we go out of our way to practice something we don’t preach? Now if my child has been taught using animals for food-clothingentertainment etc is not the best thing and they choose to have pepperoni pizza at a bday party or something when they are older then do be it but I’m not supplying it.