Experts agree that a well-planned, varied vegan diet is suitable for everyone, including children (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)

Experts agree that a well-planned, varied vegan diet is suitable for everyone, including children (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)

Good nutrition is especially important during childhood as it’s a time of rapid growth and development. 

Experts agree that a well-planned, varied vegan diet is suitable for everyone, including children. 

It contains all the healthy fats, plant protein and carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals needed but none of the unhealthy saturated animal fat, animal protein, hormones and other undesirable substances linked to disease.

Soy-based infant formula

To make sure your vegan child is getting the best, you need to have some basic knowledge. 

Babies under six months only need breastmilk, for those who can’t breastfeed, soy-based infant formulas offer a safe alternative. 

In the US, millions of babies have been fed soy formula over the last 40 years with no adverse effects. However, official guidelines recommend you speak to your health visitor or GP before using it.

Vitamin D

The government recommends daily vitamin D drops for breastfeeding babies. Vitamin D2 is suitable for vegans while D3 usually comes from sheep’s wool but you can get vegan D3 supplements made from lichen. 

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