I was hesitating a lot whether to post here or not, but I dont know how to handle the repulsion of my 15 mo against the fruit any longer.
I am almost 100% raw vegan, still breastfeeding my infant at least 5 times a day (quite a lot for me). Besides I feed him raw fruits and veggies. But what was the enthusiasm at first, changed to repulsion. When I give him any fruits he used to eat, I can see that he is not interested, but he is hungry and would love to eat...anything else, just not those fruit. He doesnt want to try new fruits, so he was always eating the same things as avocados, watermelon, bananas, grapes...
His father is not raw, even not vegan. He is vegetarian, with great amounts of fruits. He tries a lot to not eat cooked food before my son, but it is difficult and there are many disputes between us about food. When my son sees him eating something else, bread or pasta, he is mad about it. So my husband feeds him and he eats with great joy. He was always spitting out the fruit, every meal was a struggle, he just juiced the pieces of fruit and spitted them out. That doesnt happen with bread....
Now he is a bit ill, he just BF and rejects all the fruit but he would eat bread with eager. He would rather starve than eat fruit... Is it normal?
I read this article, which created great doubts about raw foods fed to children http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/blog/?p=2030 What do you think about his opinions?
Moreover, my baby is really small and very tiny, so I guess he doesnt get the sufficient amount of calories and proteins.
Therefore my questions are: Are here any mommies with really raw babies? How did u do that? Is it possible and healthy? How can I make fruit more interesting for my son? What are the tricks when 1 parent is not raw (even though he is not completely against the idea that my son is raw). Please give some recipes, tricks.
BTW I read Karen Ranzi s book Creating healthy children, but id didnt help.
Thank you so much
Thanks Peter, link removed.
Breanna, please do not post links that promote animal products, thank you.
it's not natural to be a vegan. Even "vegan" animals such as horses eat lots of insects and their poo, unlike us. If you want your child to be raw vegan and unsupplemented, tread very carefully, keep checking growth and teeth and find a good role model. I don't know of one. If you want your child to be raw vegan with a few small supplements, you now know what to look for. If you want your child to be raw and unsupplemented, then please assume they can't also be vegan.
"talk to us we have the supplements you need, to buy" (made from animal products)
so she uses, what, the anti-appeal to nature fallacy
Also, I inadvertently eat plenty of insects. You can't avoid it if you eat fruit and vegetables fresh from the garden.
There are PLENTY of great LFRV families with healthy children - "role models". This lady sees what she wants to see. She should lrn2internet.
With a partner that is not raw, you're going to lose. It's like having one parent that is fit and another that is not. The chances are far greater that the child will follow the less fit example than the fit example, especially if the child is the same sex as the other parent. Disputes about food are also pointless and will cause the child to rebel even more because they will associate the dispute with the raw food. For me, parenting is about finding the balance between your needs and the child's needs vs what you want and the child wants. By letting go of 'control' of your child and concentrating on giving the best example of health and happiness of yourself you will increase the chances of your child following your example one day. Be happy with your example, if your partner is not happy with his example that is his own burden to carry.
p.s. at 15 months introducing a bunch of variety in the diet is not hugely important either.
p.p.s. Don't set a time limit for your breast feeding-ie that you have to do it for 'x' amount of time. It seems you are setting goals that are putting pressure and stress on you that are unnecessary and reduce the quality of that experience for you and your child. Your worrying will undoubtably affect his digestion.
Disputes about food are also pointless and will cause the child to rebel even more because they will associate the dispute with the raw food.
I feel that this is definitely the case.
So I should give up my dream of a raw baby, shouldn't I? Nice. I can't. I just really can't give my son things I know are not healthy. Hm so what should I do? Someone can change my brain?
I believe that changing your own perspective is your only choice. We can only change ourselves.
Who does the shopping? If you are only buying healthy items, then you are not giving your child the unhealthy stuff.
My son at that age would go through periods of months with only eating one or two varieties of food as well as breast milk. I didn't see it as a problem and I was a SAD eater at the time because I knew that the bulk of his nutrition was supposed to be coming from the breast milk. If you're eating healthy then he's getting the best from you anyway. Years from now you will look back on the breast feeding period as very short indeed in the large scheme of things.
I guess the main issue is dealing with the husband... LFRVfamiles (the website about lfrv families) might be able to help you a little more there, as I'm assuming more of the people there have dealt with this exact same problem.
Well, you don't want to put a minimum OR maximum time limit on it.