Feeding the vegan infant and child

J Am Diet Assoc. 1985 Jul;85(7):837-40.


Nutrients that may be deficient in diets of vegetarian infants and preschoolers and that affect growth and development are energy, protein, calcium, iron, zinc, riboflavin, and vitamins B-12 and D. Reasons for these nutrient deficiencies include: limited volumetric capacity of the stomach of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers; low-caloric-density foods eaten by vegans; limited food choices; and restriction of number of meals and snacks eaten by vegan children. Suggestions are made for meeting the energy and nutrient needs of infants and children within the food ways of their families.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Development
  • Child, Preschool
  • Counseling
  • Diet*
  • Diet, Vegetarian / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Nutritional Requirements
  • Nutritive Value