Lately there has been another uproar, yes another one, about the Weston Price Foundation's recommendations. For some reason some of their representatives are claiming that a vegan mom's breast milk is not as good for a child as homemade formula (which is based on dairy whether it be goat milk or cow milk). Sadly this is a huge blanket statement. You can eat meat if you want, though I do not. That really is not the big issue here. My concern is the children with allergies.
My son had hard stools 1-2 times a week. He had no other bowel movements
during the week, except these stools. This began around age 5 months, after a
vaccine injury but that is another topic, and continued until he was nearly a
year old. As he approached a year of age, I had already taken gluten and corn
out of my diet as he was allergic to those items and we noticed a huge
difference in behavior and apparent pain for him if I avoided those foods.
Around that time he also had eczema issues so I pushed for a dermatologist
visit. The dermatologist asked me what his stools looked like and how often
they came. After finding out that they were suspect, our regular pediatrician
was not concerned of course, he suggested I double check for food allergies.
After much Internet research, yep I know doctor google is not the best but it
actually helped diagnose my child, we found that my son had blood from his
upper gastrointestinal tract in his stool. Apparently he was bleeding from the
upper tract; it was clotting, and then slowing down his stool because it was
dry and clotted. This was why his stools were black, hard, and infrequent even
though he was nursed.
After all was said and done, and after my tears and guilt over not knowing
he was bleeding internally for months, we found that he was indeed sensitive
and allergic to many things. The list includes, but is not limited to,
genetically modified foods, sprays they use on foods, carrots, some
strawberries, soy, most corn, most dairy, gluten, and egg. Our regular
pediatrician praised me for figuring so much out with so little support. He
said it was good that I didn't stop nursing and give formula because the
bleeding would have gotten worse and my child could have become very ill or
I really do not know why people think pushing the milk of a goat; goats will
eat most anything, or of a cow, which is meant to feed a HUGE baby, would be healthier
for an infant or child than a vegan mother's milk. After all, a mother who
cares will make sure she has proper nutrients no matter what her diet is based
on. My point is that mother's milk is the most perfect food even if she is
vegan. If she is worried at all about nutrition, she can research or see a
nutritionist. My nutritionist helped me to stay healthy and feed my child even
with all the allergies. I am very thankful for her. If you support nursing,
then you support vegan moms. If you are concerned, offer to pay a nutritionist
assuming you know the mom well enough to say such a thing.