We love it. We both consume mostly plant based foods and recommend feeding your littles the same, as well as yourself during all of your perinatal years (reminder: that's two years before you conceive, the year of your pregnancy and first three years of your baby's life). But these years, which are characterized by the miracle of creating a life, also have a higher demand for nutrition and seem to require a little bit more than just plant based food.
A plant based diet by definition is a diet that contains mostly food that comes from plant sources. However it's often taken to mean a diet that contains no animal products at all. While we understand that parents may choose this way of eating for themselves, we would ask that during your perinatal years and when feeding little ones that you would seriously consider all of the nutrients lacking in a diet without any animal food.
Essential nutrients that only come from animal food:
-DHA + EPA (Essential fatty acids)
-MFP factor (for iron absorption)
Your goal is the same as ours; you want a happy healthy little. Moms want to have a healthy pregnancy and we exist so they can have just that. In my near 7 years of practice I have yet to see this sacred process done well without any animal food. There are too many nutrients missing when you avoid these foods that provide absolutely essential nutrients for brain, nervous system, immunity, hormonal and fertility health.
Here us when we say we love our planet, we love local farms and family ranchers. We advocate for organic and sustainable produce as well as animal products raised outside, on farms, and without the use of anti-biotics, hormones, or steroids. We always recommend the highest quality food across the board because it's better for you, your baby and the planet. But so is actually eating the animal food.
I wrote this over my favorite plant based lunch, a huge bed of organic greens, loaded with crunchy veggies, avocado, olive oil dressing and three soft-boiled farm fresh eggs. One of them; a duck egg raised from a local family ;)
Xo Dani and Whitney