If you’re vegan than your neglectful? Did I just say that? Did I just infuriate an entire dietary population? No, because I don’t believe that. I am doing exactly what a headline did because a pediatrician in Florida seemed to have a communication breakdown with a new mom regarding her newborn baby.
The article and video in this link illustrates to me just how judgmental and abusive those in power, such as doctors, can be. When a 12-day old baby was brought in for a checkup, the doctor wanted the baby to have a formula supplement because of a latching issue caused by a tongue defect. When the mother raised concerns she was a strict vegan and a needed non-animal supplement for the baby, the emergency room was the option the doctor insisted on.
It begs the question why the doctor didn’t give the mother a soy-based formula, which is vegan safe, and let the infant have a bottle in the office? Did the doctor get uppity because the mother of the newborn dared to question something that went against her dietary belief? Did the mother not have the right to choose to spend $30 (give or take) at the grocery store on soy-based formula instead of getting raped in the emergency room with their ridiculous fees to provide the same treatment the mother was planning to do at home?
Was it necessary to arrest the mother for doing exactly the same treatment at home? Oh wait, she disobeyed a doctor’s suggestion. While failure to thrive and dehydration are serious issues for an infant, it was suspected, according to the article. The doctor didn’t give the mother a chance to give the baby a soy-formula bottle to see if that would help the situation. Had the mother been able to see another pediatrician, perhaps a less judgmental one, this entire situation could have been avoided.
The fact that the mother was keeping check-up appointments, seeking another opinion and doing what the doctor suggested, just not in the manner the doctor would have preferred, shows she was not neglectful. I am in the minority, according the comments on the article, that side with the mother.
I personally hope this doctor is sued, loses his practice and learns he is not god. He doesn’t get to enforce his suggestions as law. This doctor obviously did not agree with the vegan mother. The article tried to tie the two situations together, which really had nothing to do with each other. Vegan breast milk is the same as any other breast milk. A tongue defect preventing latching while breast feeding will still be an issue regardless of the mother’s diet.
While I personally could never follow a vegan lifestyle, I did follow a vegetarian one for almost a decade. It’s not for the medical profession to decide how you should eat. After all, if that were the case, McDonald’s and the like would be out of business by now. They should advise all legitimate avenues and then allow sound-minded individuals to follow what they feel is best. This doctor’s overstepping stripped a mother and child of 5 months of bonding time. That is inexcusable simply because she just didn’t wouldn’t do exactly what he said, in the time frame he said it.