I know I don’t blog too much about my life as a vegan mum but it’s just because I’m just one more vegan mother in this world that, fortunately, is having more and more vegan mums and babies. But today I want to write about something that really bothers me here in Rome. My baby is 6 months now and until two weeks ago he was exclusively breastfed. Then I started giving him baby rice with my milk for dinner and six days ago he had his first lunch with solids: carrot pure and then zucchini pure. He loved it, he’s having fun with it, but he still wants my milk most of the time and I’m glad I have enough to give him. He wakes up at night, sometimes twice, and he wants to get fed. I never denied him my breast and will never do it.
But why am I writing all this? He’s a hungry boy. Since he was born I hear this and I don’t care. I always gave him my milk any time he wanted. He usually followed the three hours interval during the day in the beginning but I was happy to breastfeed him on demand. And I’m still doing this. But it seems that here in Italy, or at least in Rome, many people think baby should have a strict schedule of feedings. People always ask me about his age. I tell them. Then they get surprised when I say he’s being breastfed. “Yet?” Yes, and I’ll keep doing it. “Why?” Seriously? When did breast milk became less important than food to babies? “So you’re giving him your milk just in the mornings, right?” No. “What?!” He has solids just during lunch time and I breastfeed him for the rest of the meals. “How many meals does he get?” I’m not sure, but between 6 and 8, depending on how many times he wakes up at night. And after that I have to hear that he shouldn’t get more than 5 meals per day. Even pediatricians had told me this.
I know when the topic is raising babies there’s no such thing as an absolute true but people always think they know what’s better for your baby. I’m following my heart and my baby is healthy and happy. He knows what he wants and I’m happy to give him. Of course introducing solids is a new phase and sometimes he won’t love it but we’re doing things step by step to assure he enjoys food as much as his parents
And besides all these opinions, there’s also the subject of veganism for babies. I’ll keep going to the last pediatrician we’ve been to cause he was the only one that accepted the fact that we want to raise baby vegan. I’m not sure if we will find any other doctor in Rome who agrees with us and this is sad. People here still don’t get what’s veganism so you can imagine their faces when we talk about raising a vegan baby. But I don’t care. As long as he’s healthy and happy I’ll be sure I’m doing a good job.