[QUOTE=toraji]I feel really bad about the damage that I may have done to my child being vegan while pregnant and lactating. DD developed tooth decay, her teeth are coming in crooked, and she had eczema until we started changing our diet and adding in EFA's. Thankfully though, she is in relatively good health otherwise, and at least her ears don't stick out (which is a sign of prenatal nutritional deficiency, as well as the crooked teeth thing). And the tooth decay has now stopped progressing.[QUOTE]
For every story like this, you can find one just the opposite. A good friend of mine was omnivorious while pg with her older dd & went vegan when her little girl was almost 4. Her daughter suffered from severe eczema, rashes & poor health until they went vegan. Since becoming vegan, her dd is very healthy & has beautiful skin. Whenever she eats meat or dairy, she breaks out in rashes.
Toraj- I am curious where you got the info that prenatal nutritional deficiency causes crooked teeth, eczema, and ears that stick out. I hope that this doesn't sound mean, but I have never seen any studies that show anything like that, and I am curious if you have some actual studies.
Because I am curious, I searched the National Library of Medicine's online database of medical articles. It is pretty comprehensive & can be found at:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/q...&itool=toolbar
Re teeth and prenatal nutritional deficiencies, I only found a few studies done on rats that found that protein energy malnutrition during the prenatal period could result in poor tooth enamel in the infant rat.
Re eczema & prenatal nutritional deficiencies, I found nothing. I also tried searching for skin & prenatal nutrition - it turned up things on vitamin D deficiencies in dark skinned women and such, but nothing relevant to skin problems in an infant who was born to a mother with poor nutritional status during pregnancy.
Re ear formation & prenatal nutrition, again there was nothing.
I am very skeptical of suggestions that veganism causes nutritional deficiencies unless you are eating junk or a very limited diet. Both of my girls weighed in at well over 8 lbs at birth - I was vegan for 10 yrs before my 1st pg & all through pg & lactation. They are very healthy girls.
I am not basing my beliefs on vegan sources. The American Dietetic Assn is not a vegan organization - I worked in the Food Science Dept. at a research university for a while &, believe me, dieticians don't go out of their way to promote vegan diets! I also have a Masters degree in Public Health, and again was not indoctrinated in vegetarian philosophy in school. The ADA abstract is, as follows:
It is the position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada that appropriately planned vegetarian diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Approximately 2.5% of adults in the United States and 4% of adults in Canada follow vegetarian diets. A vegetarian diet is defined as one that does not include meat, fish, or fowl. Interest in vegetarianism appears to be increasing, with many restaurants and college foodservices offering vegetarian meals routinely. Substantial growth in sales of foods attractive to vegetarians has occurred, and these foods appear in many supermarkets. This position paper reviews the current scientific data related to key nutrients for vegetarians, including protein, iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B-12, vitamin A, n-3 fatty acids, and iodine. A vegetarian, including vegan, diet can meet current recommendations for all of these nutrients. In some cases, use of fortified foods or supplements can be helpful in meeting recommendations for individual nutrients. Well-planned vegan and other types of vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including during pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Vegetarian diets offer a number of nutritional benefits, including lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein as well as higher levels of carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, potassium, folate, and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E and phytochemicals. Vegetarians have been reported to have lower body mass indices than nonvegetarians, as well as lower rates of death from ischemic heart disease; vegetarians also show lower blood cholesterol levels; lower blood pressure; and lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and prostate and colon cancer. Although a number of federally funded and institutional feeding programs can accommodate vegetarians, few have foods suitable for vegans at this time. Because of the variability of dietary practices among vegetarians, individual assessment of dietary intakes of vegetarians is required. Dietetics professionals have a responsibility to support and encourage those who express an interest in consuming a vegetarian diet. They can play key roles in educating vegetarian clients about food sources of specific nutrients, food purchase and preparation, and any dietary modifications that may be necessary to meet individual needs. Menu planning for vegetarians can be simplified by use of a food guide that specifies food groups and serving sizes. J Am Diet Assoc. 2003;103:748-765.
The entire statement can be found at:http://www.eatright.org/Public/Gover...s/92_17084.cfm