Vegan Breastmilk Does Contain Essential Nutrients for Infants

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Vegan diets do not affect breastmilk concentrations of vitamin B2 and carnitine, which are essential nutrients for developing infantsViktorcvetkovic/Getty Images
  • New research finds that breastmilk from parents who eat a vegan diet does contain two important nutrients, carnitine and vitamin B2.
  • The findings challenge previous assumptions that vegan diets may not be nutritionally complete.
  • The research also challenges concerns that breastfed infants of vegan parents may be at risk of developing vitamin B2 or carnitine deficiency.

Vegan parents’ breast milk contains two important nutrients, says new research from the Amsterdam UMC study presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (ESPGHAN).

The new findings challenge assumptions that vegan diets may not be nutritionally complete and that breastfed infants of vegan parents may be at an increased risk of developing vitamin B2 or carnitine deficiency, says the study authors in

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