ur daughter, Angelina,has just turned one yearold. She was breast-fed frombirth and we started tointroduce solid food fromabout seven months. She isnow enjoying a wide varietyof vegan foods, includingapple, banana, pear, avocado,custard apple, cucumber,courgette, tofu, rye bread,tahini, quinoa, rice, sweetpotato, broccoli, spinach, gojiberries, fruit bars and Sojasunyoghurt. Angelina likes hermealtimes and it is extremelyrare for her to turn downanything we offer her.She continues to drink hermother’s milk and we also giveher filtered water.
Thankfully we have a great teamof NHS midwives in Cambridgeand our midwife was verysupportive of our diet. When inthe early stages of her pregnancymy wife, Anna, mentioned thatshe was vegan, our midwifesimply said “Oh, that’s fine.You’ve probably got a far betterdiet than most of my mums-to-be.” She was also very supportiveof a home birth. Although thenational rate for home birthsstands at about 2.5%, in Cambridgeit is almost 5%. Our home birthwent very well and we areextremely grateful to the twomidwives who turned up in themiddle of the night to guide usthrough the experience.
The VeganlAutumn 2008
Bringing up a
by Roger Merenyi