I'd kill for her
August 16, 2012 9:19 AM Subscribe
Vegetarian parenting, infant edition.
posted by gerryblog to food & drink (18 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
My wife has been a vegetarian since she was 12, and I've been a vegetarian since I was 18. (We eat dairy and eggs but no fish or poultry.) We're both almost 33 now.
We have a five-month-old daughter who is on the cusp of eating solid foods. We're looking for
* scientific studies about the effects of vegetarian and near-vegetarian diets on young children;
* reliable, trustworthy guides on infant nutrition that are geared towards vegetarian parents;
* specific alternatives to meat for infants;
* some guidance about what sort of meat, if any, we should give our daughter if we decide to go that route;
* other people's experiences with this issue.
Our overriding interest is in making sure she has the proper nutrition.
As a secondary interest, it is important to me (though rather less important to my wife) to preserve her ability to eat meat when she is an adult if she chooses to do so, by making sure she has and retains the necessary enzymes to digest it.
We are not going to eat meat ourselves, and frankly I would expect we will be giving her the absolute minimum quantity of meat required to achieve the first and maybe the second of these goals.
Thanks so much for your help!