Raising Vegan with Brittany

Brittany Theresa, @themindfulmamanola, is a vegan mama to a precious vegan baby girl. Wanting to empower other mamas, her segment “Raising Vegan”will cover everything from struggles to nutrition and even some vegan recipes for babies and kids.

Her first segment sheds some light on dealing with little to no support on your decision to raise a vegan child, how to handle it and what to do in the situation.🦋

“How to Deal With Negativity”

As a mom, the main goal in life is to do right by your kids; guiding and molding them to be happy, healthy, good human beings, but having little to no support for your vegan lifestyle can be hard. Leaving you feeling isolated, there’s a lot of room for self doubt. Is this the right thing to do? Will my child get all the proper nutrients? Am I “forcing” my beliefs onto my child? These questions race through my brain constantly and most likely yours too. Well, I’m here to put your mind at ease, or at least make that attempt.

Ethics

We are all born innocent, the “vegan gene” is in us from the very beginning. Even as adults, vegan or not, we cringe when we see an animal mistreated, but children are pure, they don’t know cruelty, they don’t understand it, so why teach it to them? Teaching kindness is always the right thing to do, it’s not forceful at all. What is forceful is the opinions thrown at us from non vegans. If others wish to feed animals to their children while loving the family pet, that’s their decision. Vegans have chose a completely route in raising their children, and not only should it be respected, it should be praised and admired, not ridiculed and frown upon. We are raising the next generation to be kind and loving in a world of cruelty and that’s something to be proud of.

Health

When it comes to nutrition, everyone thinks they’re a doctor, even some vegans, but when it comes to children, people will always throw in their two cents. How every, all that’s needed is a little bit of research and education and it’s all easy to find.

For example: my one year old daughter needs around 16 grams of protein a day and about 900 calories. Now, how do I track it? I downloaded the Chronometer app on my phone and started logging in my baby’s meals. The app breaks down all the nutrients, so I can track her intake.

This can easily be shown to those who express their concern or just simply to boost your confidence in your decision to raise your child vegan and to increase your knowledge because knowledge is indeed the greatest power. 

Being criticized and sometimes even attacked by people is frustrating, trust me, I know. It’s so easy to get angry and fight back, but in my experience, it’s get you nowhere. You simply cannot fight negativity with more negativity. The best tactic is to lead by example. If your baby is thriving, strong, full of life and growing properly, then that’s all the proof that is necessary, because, in the end, that’s the goal, no matter what a mother decides to feed their child. Right?

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