I wish I could say that our original intentions were to raise our daughter Anzia as a vegan, but that would be a lie. Vegetarian, absolutely, but vegan was the furthest thing from our minds.
Just before Anzia was four weeks old we found out that she was allergic to the dairy that she was getting in my breast milk. I gave up dairy the same day. This was the beginning of my vegan journey as well as Anzia’s.
We were fortunate to have an amazing pediatrician, Dr. Fleiss, who supported a vegan diet for children and gave us a vegan food plan from weaning through the toddler years. He also recommended that I nurse for the first two years to help build a strong immune system, which I did, so unfortunately she wasn’t very interested in foods other than pears, carrots, and peas. Due to my experience or lack of feeding a vegan baby, I wanted to ask any of you with more experience feeding vegan little ones a question that was asked of me.
Thanks for any help you have!!!!”
My response to her was:
“We made all of our own baby food. We were fortunate enough to have a Vitamix given to us as a gift and it was super helpful. I was still nursing at the time and I really believe because of that she preferred sweeter foods. Peas, carrots, and pears were some of her favorites. We would make a batch and freeze in large ice-cube trays, pulling out and refrigerating what we would need for two days at a time.”
What was or is your experience with making vegan baby food?