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  2. Jun 2, 2023

A Maternal Vegan Diet Provides Key Nutrients for Breastfed Babies

A new study from the Netherlands provides more evidence that a maternal vegan diet is healthy for breastfed babies. Researchers looked at the amount of carnitine and vitamin B2 in the breastmilk of vegan and non-vegan mothers and found no difference, giving a vegan diet the thumbs up. This agrees with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which has long held that a healthful plant-based diet is adequate and beneficial for people at every life stage.


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