One of the most common questions I have been asked since the moment I announced my pregnancy (besides 'are you going natural?') is whether I'll be raising my baby girl, Georgia Luna, vegan.
The simple answer is, yes.
For those of you that don't know my journey, here is a quick catchup. I've been vegan since the beginning of 2012. My reasons are first and foremost moral because I refuse to participate in the abuse, killing, and consumption of animal products. Secondly, I REALLY care about my physical and mental state, so consuming animal products makes zero sense for me if I want to live a healthy life.
Falling pregnant didn't change any of the above. My diet allowed me to grow and nourish a beautifully healthy baby girl who was born on the 21st of December 2016, and I have been breastfeeding her ever since. When she starts solids, she will only eat plant-based foods including various veggies, fruit, legumes, grains, and nuts.
Now, where a lot of people (often strangers) are concerned is how I will handle it when she grows up and has to attend school, birthday parties, and other social gatherings.
Here is the answer. Until she is of an age where she can make her own decisions, I will be making them for her.
I will feed her and teach her in a way that I believe is healthy, sustainable and most importantly, kind.
Once she is a bit older I will continue to to educate and inform her about those choices so that she understands the reasoning behind our lifestyle.
If my 3 year old grabs for a piece of cheese, I will remove it.
If my 10 year old asks me to cook her bacon, I will say no.
If my 12 year old decides to drink a glass of milk, I will explain to her why I disagree.
If my 16 year old decides that being vegan is not for her, I will accept it.