Twilight - posted on 02/05/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )
My child recently turned one years old. i've been raising her vegetarian and plan to do so until she is able to make her own decisions about her body and life. But i won't allow meat into the house...she'll eat it elsewhere if she wants it...maybe for her birthday i'll give in and make her locally organic sustainable meats, but that is some time....ANYWAY:
Her doctor has been concerned and eachh appointment we've been to i get "scolded." i remind her everytime how my child loves vegetables, i serve a well-balanced meal, and that my child is a great eater and tries anything...she loves couscous, barley, and many other iron-rich foods. Yet the doctor was unreasonably concerned. Before my child's blood was drawn at the 12m check-up, this doctor had a know-it-all told you so attitude and said she after blood results came back, she would call in a prescription for vitamin/mineral supplements.
My child's blood levels were on the higher end of normal. Not below average, not normal, but amazing :)
i wanted to call her doctor and sing "told ya so! told ya so!"
i've been a vegetarian now for almost 15 years. By now i have it down. i cook and make balanced meals, know where to get the best produce, and am able to include iron and protein in my diet. Why would it be more difficult with a child who loves to eat and try new foods even at age 1? i've done my research and have a sick addiction to buying veg cookbooks. i think i have it under control. i can understand SOME concern from the doctor and my family, but they should know by now that i'm not going through some "fad" or "phase" and eat poorly like numerous vegetarians i know (they just don't try or eat out all the time...).
i had to share this story with people who probably understand where i am coming from...
silly doctors sometimes don't know a good thing when it is in front of them (but don't get me started on THAT topic about so many doctors being bought by pharmaceutical companies....)