PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania mother claiming to be vegan is charged with child endangerment for feeding her baby nothing but small amounts of nuts and berries. The charges, filed earlier this month, are the latest in a string of malnourishment cases involving parents feeding their babies what they deem to be a vegan diet.
But parents who are raising their children vegan say these isolated cases are not about veganism, but are instead about neglect. And some say pinning such bad parenting on vegan diets unfairly stigmatize those who have done their homework and are safely raising their babies without animal products.
Pediatricians and nutritionists agree it’s perfectly healthy to feed babies a vegan diet. However, parents need to be well-informed about the nutritional elements different foods offer, and work closely with their doctor or health care provider.