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Misconceptions and Current Research on Vegan Diets and Breastfeeding

  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 1 Nurse Contact Hours, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU
  • Handout: Yes

The nutritional composition of breast milk is impacted by maternal diet. With vegan breastfeeding mothers, a common concern is that their dietary restrictions could affect their milk supply or limit the milk constituents. Research however shows that vegan mothers are capable of producing nutritionally valuable milk for their infants, as long as the appropriate supplementation of the mother's nutritional requirements is provided. This presentation will review existing knowledge on the variability of specific nutrients in breastmilk of mothers adhering to a plant-based diet and how to create a plan that takes into account both the mother's and infant's nutritional requirements.

Learning Objectives:

1. Define 2 ways in which a vegan diet affects the lactating person, their milk supply and their baby
2. Explain 3 ways a vegan lactating person can create a plan for meeting their own lactation goals
3. Describe 3 common misconceptions regarding breastfeeding and lactating while vegan

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