The idea of raising vegan children has always been controversial. Opponents become almost angered, claiming irresponsibility on the vegan parent’s part, assuming the child will develop improperly without the inclusion of animal products. This argument becomes even more heated in the case of raising children raw-vegan, especially when starting at infancy.
We agree that vegan and raw-vegan diets for children can be deficient. But we also recognize that the average conventional approach to feeding youth is borderline dangerous. A well-planned raw-vegan or mostly raw-vegan diet, in our opinion, is ideal for children of all ages and will not only fuel proper development, but offer the participating child the advantage of a powerful start to life.
We do not have children and realize that this gives us the luxury to have an unconventional opinion. Doctors, grandparents, and peers can be very intimidating and judgmental about alternative approaches to parenting. But we feel so strongly about this choice that we have aided Paige’s sister, Molly, in her decision to raise her son as mostly raw-vegan.
Molly has, herself, been a vegan for three years and eats 50% of her food raw. She was vegan throughout her entire pregnancy and was monitored by conventional physicians. She had no complications, was never encouraged to supplement, and gave birth to an eight-pound baby boy with perfect post-delivery test scores.
Magnus was solely breast fed for the first four months of his life with the occasional raw-vegan formula as supplementation. His first food was an avocado. As he began to eat more solid foods, mainly organic sprouted grains, fruits, vegetables, and raw green super foods, my sister began reducing his consumption of breast milk. He is now 1 ½ years old and eats a solely vegan diet, 75% of which is raw-vegan.
Molly made the conscious choice to employ a conventional pediatrician as a safety net for what she has been told is a risky diet, but what she feels in her gut is right. Magnus is above average in height and weight and is above target in his cognizant and social development. He is happy, has not been ill, and has only shown signs of ideal maturation.
Magnus has had the advantage of extremely involved parents who make the time to prepare all the foods he needs to maintain a balanced diet. Until the time that they notice anything other than the already above average progress in his health and development, they will continue on what they agree is the ideal diet.
Sometimes the best advice you can provide is an example and there could be no better than Magnus.