If you are pregnant and on a vegan or vegetarian diet, you should talk to your gynecologist about it. If necessary, she advises dietary supplements to prevent vitamin B12 deficiency in the unborn child, explained the Association of Pediatricians (BVKJ).
Vitamin B12 deficiency: Ask a pediatrician for advice
After birth, living vegetarian and vegetarian mothers should contact the pediatrician. If they eat only a plant-based diet, the doctor may regularly check that the baby is properly supplied with vitamins. There is a higher risk of deficiency in children if women only breastfeed for more than six months and do not want to give the child meat-based foods.
Vitamin B12 deficiency: Breastfeeding women have high needs
According to the association, breastfeeding women are in high need of vitamin B12, but often do not take in sufficient amounts if they are on a vegetarian or vegan diet. Vitamin A is important for children’s growth and brain development, but it is found almost exclusively in meat and dairy products. (www.kinderaerzte-im-netz.de)
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