Is A Vegan Diet Ok For Infants?


SOME PEOPLE ARE TAKING MASSIVE RESISTANCE TO A DANGEROUS EXTREME.>>>A CONVERSATION STARTING RIGHT HERE IN THE U.S. ABOUT AN UPSETTING CRIME IN BELGIUM. A JUDGE THERE SENTENCED A COUPLE TO SIX MONTHS IN PRISON FOR UNINTENTIONALLY CAUSING THEIR CHILD’S DEATH BY FEEDING HIM A VEGAN DIET. THE BOY WEIGHED 9 POUNDS AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH. HIS ORGANS SHRUNK IN SIZE, AND THERE WAS NO FAT SURROUNDING THEM. NEWS CHANNEL 5 IS OUTSIDE VANDERBILT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL WITH INFORMATION THAT ALL OF US SHOULD KNOW.>>Reporter: THE FOLKS HERE AT VANDERBILT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL KNOWS WHAT A NEW INFANT NEEDS TO GROW STRONG AND HEALTHY. FOR ONE COUPLE, AS THEY FOUND OUT THIS MONTH, NOT EVERY DIET IS MEANT FOR INFANTS.>>THE RECOMMENDATION IS EXCLUSIVELY FORMULA FEEDING OR EXCLUSIVE BREAST MILK.>>THE GENERAL PHYSICIAN AT VANDERBILT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL SAYS FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS, BABIES NEED BREAST MILK OR FORMULA BEFORE BEING INTRODUCED TO SOLID FOODS. THIS COUPLE LEARNED THE HARD WAY INFANTS NEED LOTS OF NUTRITION. A 7-MONTH-OLD BOY DIED OF MALNUTRITION BECAUSE HE WAS FED A VEGAN DIET.>>IF YOU CAN’T BREAST FEED, USE SOY.>>HE SAYS IT CAN BE DONE SAFELY.>>YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT THE INTAKE THE CHILD IS GETTING. ESPECIALLY WITH A VEGAN DIET, PARENTS WHO CHOOSE TO GO THAT ROUTE NEED TO BE INFORMED ABOUT THE NUTRITION AND NUTRIENTS IN THE DIET AND FOODS AND ALSO WITH REGARD TO PROTEIN.>>HE DOES ADVISE PARENTS TO BE WEARY OF BAD OR RESTRICTED DIETS. ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR FAMILY PHYSICIAN.>>IF A PARENT WANTED TO DO SOME ALTERNATIVE DIET, IT’S SOMETHING TO DISCUSS WITH THEIR PEDIATRICIANS OR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER. HAVE THAT INDIVIDUAL OR HEALTHCARE INDIVIDUAL LOOK AT IT AND SAY, THIS MIGHT BE SOMETHING THAT WORKS OR NO THIS IS NOT. YOU NEED TO PICK ANOTHER DIET OR THINK ABOUT ADDING THESE OTHER FOODS IN THE DIET IN ORDER TO SUPPLEMENT IT SO THE BABY GETS THE PROPER NUTRITION.>>NOW, THE BELGIUM COUPLE’S ATTORNEY ARGUED IN COURT THAT THE MOTHER WAS UNABLE TO BREAST FEED, AND THE INFANT BOY WOULDN’T TAKE FORMULA, SO THE PARENTS ASSUMED THAT HE HAD AN

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