I’m Raising A Vegan Baby!

February 25, 2013By 27 Comments

I’ve been vegan for 13 years (my veganversary is this April, so hold off on buying me congratulatory Go Max Go candy bars… Actually, you can go ahead and send ‘em my way!). ;) Every time I’ve gotten my blood work done at the dr’s office (every few years out of curiosity), I’ve had normal/awesome results (including B12, vitamin D, iron levels, etc.). I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but being vegan has made me a healthy, foin thang without even trying. I seldom take vitamins (I took prenatals while pregs, though), because I know I’m eating wholesome, nutrient-rich foods daily (everything I eat is plant-based). Ironically, many people who wonder how I can even survive on a vegan diet, are ones who frequent fast-food joints and drink soda like it’s candy.

I became a mama in July, to a healthy, beautiful, vegan (since conception) baby boy. Again, not to toot my own horn… Actually to toot is quite loudly TOOT TOOT!, I had a super chill, amazing, healthy home birth. I can’t help but attribute my wonderful birthing experience, in part, to my being a long-time vegan.

Baby D

Honey BooBoo is now almost 8 months and is still exclusively breastfed, but not for long. I’ve already decided his first grub is gonna be a delicious, ripe, organic avocado (I may even use the leftovers for a face mask – we shall see). ;)

Will I ever introduce mushy meaty baby food into my babe’s culinary repertoire? Hells to the no times infinity +4! Here’s why:

  • Meat = murder (I think Morrissey would agree). I wanna take my little man to Farm Sanctuary so he can actually meet cows, pigs, and chickens. I want him to connect with animals and realize they are sentient beings like us.
  • Meat contains cholesterol. I don’t want my munchkin man consuming bad cholesterol. Duh, right?
  • Meat often contains antibiotics, hormones, heavy metals, ammonia, etc. Nn nn, not feeding those to Big D!
  • Meat can expose children to nasty, harmful bacteria (e.g. E. coli, listeria, campylobacter, etc.). :o
  • A plant-based diet will help ward off future obesity. It’s not like there are vegan fast-food joints everywhere serving up fried nasties. Mah boy’s gonna love his greens, I know it!
  • Eating meat is bad for the environment. ←Clickity clack!

Are you raising a vegan baby? Are you thinking about going vegan for your pregnancy? Please share your thoughts! xx 

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  1. Nora says:

    I came a cross this page while I was looking for any information about conceiving a boy while being vegan.
    I recently was diagnosed with arthritis. And I choose the diet option over the medication. However, the diet eliminates all kinds of animal protein including eggs, milk, and cheese. It was so hard for me at the beginning to stick to it. Now I’m having more acceptance of my new life style, especially that i feel healthier, and lighter
    I just used to have this notion that a vegan woman will never be able to conceive a boy, because I had a relative who ended up having seven girls in hopes to have a boy. the only connection I made was that she was a vegan. and may be it had to do with it.
    And Indian women also are the best example at conceiving more girls due to their religious prohibition of meat consumption.
    I don’t know how scientific these statements are, all I want is to conceive a boy before I turn 35. I know its crazy, its just a cultural notion that runs in my society.
    I’m just wondering what kind of food u used to eat before pregnancy, and if u timed the ovulation or not.
    Did u use any b12 supplements a few months before pregnancy?
    did u eat a lot of proteins daily?
    what was the food u ate the most?
    please, answer my questions

    • Sunny says:

      Hi Nora! I’ve been vegan since 2000, and I didn’t change my diet before or after conception. I know if you search the internet, there are all kinds of “tricks” you can do to increase you chances of having a boy. ;) I know male sperm tend to survive better in an acidic environment, so maybe stick to more acidic foods during your most fertile days of the month. Good luck!

  2. amanda says:

    i have two super duper healthy vegan babies, age 2 and 4. they love being vegan! my four-year-old tells everyone he is vegan and asks if foods are vegan when anyone offers him anything! my oldest, who is 10 was vegan since conception, but has since decided to be vegetarian while at his dad’s.

    we actually just booked a cabin at the new york farm sanctuary for early may! the kids are going to love it!

  3. Maggie says:

    Love this post! I am a vegan mama to 2 adorable kids – both vegan since conception, both born at home! Awesome that there are so many of us out there!

  4. MyVeganKid says:

    Hey Sunny! We love this post. If you or any of your friends who are raising vegan kids are looking for advice, recipes, nutrition information, and more.. check out myvegankid.com. It’s still a work in progress, but we would love your feedback, input and if you would like to do a guest post that would be amazing! Thanks!

  5. anne says:

    http://shazzie.com/life/articles/raw_vegan_children.shtml. I just wanted to share with you this article I read a while ago by a long time vegan mum, to me it seemed extremely important information.

    • Sunny says:

      Thanks for sharing, but I’m not a raw vegan, nor am I raising a raw vegan baby (not that I have anything against being raw). Also, the post you linked to is not at all science-based (the bits about growth defects and developmental lags in raw vegan children). Also, I know lots of raw vegan families that have healthy, beautiful children, so I’m too worried. Google “raw vegan families” and see for yourself. :) And lastly, her whole post is basically a plug for her book and “raw for beginners” multimedia kit… yet her kid eats dairy and eggs. :/

  6. Khushee says:

    Sunny, I love your attitude and energy! You baby is too cute. You used to have a facebook personal profile. Are you not there anymore? My question is regarding vaccination for your baby. Have you gotten all vaccination for your kid? I am expecting and I want to learn more about that. Also encapsulation of placenta. Did you do that? Just wondering. Any tips will be helpful!! Thanks!

  7. Maria says:

    I am in no way trying to tell you how to be a mom because you seem rad and I love that you are vegan, but please be a smart vegan and make sure your baby is getting his b12 and other nutrients amino acids vitamins etc from specific diets that he needs since he will not be eating meat! :) <3 I'm sure you know of all of this hopefully !!!

    • Sunny says:

      Yep, I’ll make sure he’s getting all the proper nutrition he needs. I want my little man to be as healthy as he can be (which is also why we’re raising him vegan). :)

  8. Bianca says:

    Go you!! You are such an inspiration to vegan women like me who hope to someday be a mom! So many times I’ve heard stories of vegan women sacrificing their beliefs/values for what they believe to be for the sake of their health and their baby’s health. I have always hoped I wouldn’t end up in that category of women, and it’s stories like yours that assure me I won’t have to be.

    • Sunny says:

      Thanks, Bianca! It breaks my heart to hear stories about women dropping veganism when they get preggers. It also seems counter-intuitive. I love how you’re determined to provide the healthiest foundation for your future babes. xx

  9. Sarah S. says:

    I’m glad to see vegans having such excellent results (chill home birth, rarely get sick), but I’ve been vegan for going on 7 years and I had to get an emergency c-section. I’m really glad I didn’t opt for a home birth, because my baby’s heart rate dropped with every push. I went through dilating to the full 10 and felt every bit of it! When they gave me the spinal for numbing the c-section it didn’t work on me and I had to be put under… So, despite being vegan my baby would have been at risk if I attempted a home birth. If I was against medical intervention my life would have been at risk, as well (I admire women who give birth med-free, but no way could I get major abdominal surgery without meds!). You are very lucky but I don’t think it does us vegans any favors to attribute your fortune to veganism, because people who try going vegan because they are sick might not get better and give it up :( That said, my baby is also vegan and exclusively breastfed for now, too. We all do our best :) PS your vegan baby is extremely cute :D

    • Sunny says:

      Hi, Sarah! Thank you for the baby compliment and for sharing your birth story.
      I had debated whether or not I was going to mention I had a home birth, because I wanted the focus of this post to be about raising a vegan baby. I do still believe I had an easy pregnancy due to my healthy eating habits, but I know we’re all different. I certainly don’t want to give people the impression that going vegan will guarantee a kick-ass pregnancy or delivery; I just wanted to share my personal experience. I also had a birth plan laid out in case i needed to be transferred to a hospital in the event of an emergency… there’s just no way to know if complications will arise.

      *high five* for raising a vegan baby! Wish we lived closer so our wee ones could play together. xx

      • Sarah S. says:

        I came back to see your response because I felt bad that maybe I had been too harsh on you, and you answered with such class :) It’s so tricky for me because I want to both promote veganism and I don’t want to create false expectations. I also wanted to second that being vegan while pregnant is one of the best things a person can do for their baby’s health! Even though I had a rough labor, once my baby was born she had excellent health and continues to be super-healthy as breastfed and vegan. This post is great for spreading the word that nobody needs to quit veganism while pregnant! And I think it is wonderful that you’re showing you can keep your baby vegan, too. I have met a few women who told me they were vegan until they got pregnant, and I think the misinformation out there even amongst us vegans is tragic (for example, that a vegan diet isn’t adequate for a pregnant woman – so NOT true!). You are showing that babies and kids can be vegan, too, and I applaud that :)

  10. Cee says:

    My daughter wasn’t vegan from birth, but we are moving that way now that she’s a preschooler. I was only vegetarian when I became pregnant with my daughter. My husband and I switched to a vegan diet after her birth, and we’ve moved to things like coconut yogurt, hummus for cheese, etc. Avocado is a hit, as is nutritional yeast (she was already eating those things, but those are her favorites). She calls nooch her “special cheese” and loves it on spaghetti or popcorn. The biggest hurdle for us is her preschool. They were really resistant to our packing a separate lunch for her because the other kids wanted what she was eating, not the burgers/fries/quesadillas that her preschool served for lunch.

    • Sunny says:

      Hi Cee, thanks so much for sharing! I love that nooch is her ‘special cheese’ – how adorable! Interesting how the kids at her school are more interested in what she’s eating. It would be nice if schools took cues from behavior like this and switched to healthier meals.

      Btw, I wish all of us vegan mamas lived nearby so we could hang out and have play dates. :)

      • Cee says:

        Ha! Yes. Vegan play dates would be awesome.
        I sent her with apple slices to school, and to keep them from turning brown, I soaked them in a little bit of mango juice. Her classmates kept asking for a bite, and the teacher had to intervene.
        Schools definitely need to revise/reform school lunches. One of the items on the school lunch menu this week was “turkey ham.” What is that?

  11. Tiffany says:

    I know that baby. He is the best dang baby you will ever meet. He is so happy! And I know Sunny. She ain’t too bad either.

    Sunny-on the rilla-you don’t take a B12?

  12. Elle says:

    Aw I love this! My (non-vegan) sister asked me if I would quit veganism once if/when I became pregnant and I was like no way Jose! I’ve gotten much healthier in my three vegan years and I can’t imagine anything else for my future kidlets.

  13. Carrie says:

    Your baby is so adorable! I have two kids, three-and-a-half and 19 months. I became vegan shortly after my son was born (during my pregnancy I ate a little meat, but I’ve never had much of a taste for it). Both kids are vegan and super-duper healthy. They seem to get sick about a tenth as often as other kids. My older one understands what it means to be vegan and is really enthusiastic about it. He loves what we eat, and when we go to parties, he looks at the junkfood and animals products and tells me how gross they are! The younger one LOVES animals and I think she’ll be thrilled about her veganism when she’s old enough to understand it, too. My kids know more about nutrition than most adults!

    • Sunny says:

      Aw, thanks, Carrie! Yeah, I have definitely noticed that veganism tends to ward of sickness. I think I only get sick like once every 2-3 years. :) You sound like an amazing mama, and your kids sound pretty awesome, too! Thanks for sharing your experience raising vegan kids – it gives me a positive glimpse at what’s to come! xx

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