Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: kaaj | 2009/01/10

Q.

Vegetarian Baby

Hi Doc
I wanted to raise my 8.5 month old son as a vegetarian. I keep getting comments from people that it is not advisible to do so. What is your opinion? And if I do keep him on a vegetarian diet, how can I ensure that he gets all the right nutrients?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is certainly possible to raise your baby as a vegetarian as long as essential items in his diet are provided.Prolonged brearfeeding is advised.It is essential that your baby gets adequate amounts of protein, iron and vitamin B12. You will find much information and advice on this website:www.babycentre.co.uk/baby/starting_solids/vegetarian_baby/

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