Breastfeeding Questions: Will I Provide Enough Nutrition As A Breastfeeding Vegetarian?
A breastfeeding vegetarian should not have any problems producing breast milk and providing enough nutrition for their child. Providing proper nutrition comes down to maintaining a balanced diet regardless of the addition or exclusion of meat. There are several different types of vegetarians and each type works to balance their nutrition slightly differently: Lacto vegetarianism is a vegetarian that consumes dairy products. Lacto-ovo vegetarianism is a type of vegetarianism that allows for eggs and dairy in the diet. Pescetarian are vegetarians that allow fish into their diet. All three of these types of vegetarians should have no problem with producing breast milk and raising a healthy baby as long as they had a balanced vegetarian diet before pregnancy and breastfeeding.
However if you are following a more strict vegan diet, a diet that does not include any animal products be sure to consult with a nutritionist to make sure that you are consuming a balanced diet for your baby.
Vegetarians should be sure that their breastfeeding diet includes proper amounts of:
- Vitamin B12
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