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Judith E. Brown
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Judith E. Brown
ISBN: 9781305628007
Textbook Problem

A vegan breastfeeding woman should be advised to:

  1. a. Continue her vegan diet, if she chooses, while making sure that her intake of vitamin B12 and other nutrients is adequate from food and/or supplements.
  2. b. Continue her vegan diet with no concerns about adequate nutrients in her milk.
  3. c. Become a lacto-ovo vegetarian to ensure adequate calcium and vitamin D intake.
  4. d. Begin adding meat and other iron-rich foods to her diet to ensure her milk has adequate iron.

Summary Introduction

Introduction: Lactating mothers need to monitor their nutrient intake as it is beneficial to both the mother and the infant. A vegan diet is a healthy option for a lactating mother as long as she ensures to include food items or supplements of vitamins and other nutrients that are not met by her daily intake and adequately nourishes herself.

Explanation

Reasons for the correct statement:

Option a. is given as “Continue her vegan diet, if she chooses, while making sure that her intake of vitamin B12 and other nutrients is adequate from food and/or supplements.”

A vegan diet is a good option for lactating mothers as it is rich in all the essential nutrients and minerals required during breastfeeding. However, care must be taken to ensure a nutrient enriched diet not lacking vitamin B12 and other nutrients and must be supplemented if required.

Hence, option a. is correct.

Reasons for the incorrect statements:

Option b. is given as “Continue her vegan diet with no concerns about adequate nutrients in her milk”. It is an incorrect statement as breast milk is often found to contain essential vitamin and mineral nutrients which should be supplemented as required...

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