Friday, May 11, 2007

Vegan diet didn't cause baby's death ignorance did

I just watched the news clip stating that the 'vegan couple that killed their child were jailed'. Just the type of publicity that veganism doesn't need.

It's also not quite the full story. The parents who were apparently vegan fed their baby only soymilk and apple juice. Feeding a baby just normal cowsmilk (as opposed to baby formula or breast milk) can have the same effects. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that
newborns be breastfed exclusively for the first six months. Soymilk and cow’s milk are not recommended for babies until the age of one year. Juice is not recommended until the age of six months.
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to be able to read the sides of almost every soymilk container which has warnings such as ' not suitable as a complete milk food for children under 2 years'.

This news story is just the type of thing needed for morons to equate "vegan" with "baby death".

From the prosecutors mouth:

The vegan diet is fine... These parents lied about what they fed him. He just was not fed enough.

It also failed to state:

that the parents never sought medical care for their baby after his birth at home. I question whether the mother ever sought prenatal care? Weighing only 3 ½ pounds at his death, the baby was far under typical growth guidelines, which cite a ‘normal’ six-week-old boy to weigh 9lbs14oz – 11lbs14oz.
Quotes taken from nutritionist story at Chicago Tribune and Guardian.

2 comments:

Theresa said...

What a terrible story. I agree--veganism definitely did NOT kill that baby. I'm glad I heard about this before some stupid idiot brings it up to tell me why my diet is a bad one...

Virginia said...

I'm tired of people saying me "you vegans kill your babies!!! doctors said it!!!"...
Here in Spain people is more stupid-idiot-fucking-ignorant, so they enjoy giving medical advices, in special to vegetarians and vegans.
But we all know terrible news where babies have been killed by his meat-eater parents and nobody says the omnivore diet killed them...