Originally Posted by Krystal323
I've been veg for 16+ years, several of those were vegan. I also had one vegan pregnancy and raised that babe vegan until she was over 2 yrs old. Two of my kids were also very, very thin as toddlers. I think veganism is an awesome ideal, but it's not the main emphasis of mine or my kids' diets anymore. Shazzie's article above really interested me, FWIW. Good luck!
I don't believe that the OP said that she was attempting to raise her dd as a raw vegan. The article you posted states that the author has never seen a healthy raw, vegan child and that those who claim to have them are lying. I can't speak to raw vegan diets for kids and probably wouldn't go that way for myself or my children, but I did have two vegan pregnancies and had been vegan for 10 yrs prior to the first. My girls are now 13 and 11 and I'm still vegan (23 yrs of being vegan at this point). Dh and I were just discussing that we have no idea how dd13 got so tall. She's about 5'5" whereas dh is 5'6" and I've always been the family giant at 5'4". Her teeth all came in straight (no orthodonture needed), she's healthy, smart (started high school this fall before her 13th bd and is a straight A student), etc. She was vegan for the first three years and a very strict vegetarian since then (compromise with non-veggie dh) but the whole family eats pretty much vegan most of the time b/c we buy and cook for the strictest diet.
Dd11 is small, which is not surprising given our genetics. I was fortunate to have the older one be a good sized baby and toddler so our diet didn't get us grief in regard to the second kiddo. I was also fortunate to have a ped who took one look at the family history of size and dd11's development and never questioned the fact that she was tracking near the bottom of the height and weight curves.
OP, I'm glad to hear that your little one is gaining weight and that you've gotten a reprieve from the doctor stressing you about her size. Hopefully you can wean her off of formula eventually and find a way to keep up the growth with other foods too. Good luck!