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Is it possible to follow a vegetarian diet while breastfeeding?

By Zaira Salvador B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).
Last Update: 01/05/2022

Yes, vegetarian or vegan mothers have no objection to continue with their usual eating habits, but there are some considerations to take into account.

Vegetarian mothers may be deficient in vitamin B12, vitamin D, DHA and iron, which could lead to anemia. Therefore, it is necessary for them to take the vitamin supplements that the doctor deems necessary. Sometimes these supplements are even prescribed for babies.

 Zaira Salvador
Zaira Salvador
B.Sc., M.Sc.
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI)
License: 3185-CV
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI) License: 3185-CV.