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How does mother’s vegan diet affect the development of a newborn? Find out

A study says that a vegan diet has no impact on the levels of carnitine and vitamin B2 in breast milk, two nutrients essential for a newborn’s growth. The Amsterdam University Medical Center’s study found these facts. Research has found that lactating mothers following a vegan diet compared to mothers with an omnivorous diet showed no difference in the human milk concentrations of vitamin B2 or carnitine, despite these nutrients being found in the highest concentrations in animal products.

The study was presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN). Using a technique that separates a sample into its individual parts and analyses their mass, this study challenges assumptions that vegan diets may not be nutritionally complete and that breastfed infants of vegan mothers may be at an increased risk of developing vitamin B2 or carnitine deficiency.

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Vegan Breastmilk Does Contain Essential Nutrients for Infants

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Vegan diets do not affect breastmilk concentrations of vitamin B2 and carnitine, which are essential nutrients for developing infantsViktorcvetkovic/Getty Images
  • New research finds that breastmilk from parents who eat a vegan diet does contain two important nutrients, carnitine and vitamin B2.
  • The findings challenge previous assumptions that vegan diets may not be nutritionally complete.
  • The research also challenges concerns that breastfed infants of vegan parents may be at risk of developing vitamin B2 or carnitine deficiency.

Vegan parents’ breast milk contains two important nutrients, says new research from the Amsterdam UMC study presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (ESPGHAN).

The new findings challenge assumptions that vegan diets may not be nutritionally complete and that breastfed infants of vegan parents may be at an increased risk of developing vitamin B2 or carnitine deficiency, says the study authors

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