Post # 1
I’m 22 weeks pregnant and was following a vegan diet before I got pregnant. I’ve resumed eating dairy and fish occasionally because during the first trimester just the thought of a vegetable made me gag. Of course, my doctor was concerned about my protein intake, so I’m still not vegan again, but I hope to jump back on the bandwagon after I give birth.
I hope to breast feed and it’s something I want to start researching more, but I was just wondering if there are any other bees out there who can give some perspective on breast feeding while following a vegan or plant based diet.
Post # 2
Im not vegan or vegetarian but I do eat a lot of veggies. I breastfed my oldest for 22months and currently breastfeed my almost one year old. I do notice with certain veggies my sons would get gassy. You can always talk to your doctor about continuing your prenatal after having the baby to help with your levels
Post # 3
I am not vegan, but am a lifelong vegetarian. I breastfed my DS exclusively until 6 months (at which point I introduced solids) and continued to nurse him for over a year. The main thing is that you need to eat frequently, high nutrient foods. As a vegan, I’d recommend lots of nuts/nut butters, healthy fats (like avocados), beans/lentils, etc. You may also need a B12 supplement. Here’s Kellymom’s article on it: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/mothers-diet/vegetarian/
Post # 4
I am a plant based vegan. Never been pregnant, but if I was I’d probably reintroduce fish. Anyway, I don’t know how much this will help but I use Oh She Glows for many recipes and I know she blogged a lot about her pregnancy diet, and how she got so much protein when pregnant. Not sure if she talked about breastfeeding or not but it’s maybe something that could help.
Ohsheglows.com under her “baby” section. Congrats on the pregnancy!!
Post # 5
thefuturemrsespinosa : Thanks, I’ll keep that in mind. I’ve read about Mother’s eating certain foods and noticing their babies becoming colicky due to them.
LLEU : Thanks for the article! I supplemented B12 before I was pregnant and plan to do so after I transition back to veganism.
lovelyruby : Thank you! I’ll definitely be checking out her website!
Post # 6
I’m vegan and have never been in this situation myself, but there’s a great book called “Vegan for Life” which is written by two dietitians which, if I remember correctly, has a section on vegan pregnancy and breastfeeding. The book is very in depth and goes into specific nutrient requirements. It’s available on Amazon too and is pretty cheap! Here’s a link from The Vegan Society as well…it has info/links on things that I think would be applicable to your situation:
Post # 7
loramarie : Ah, perfect! Thank you!