Nothing like having your in-laws question how you’re raising your baby. It’s an annoyance that crosses international lines, as Meghan Markle is experiencing something that a lot of new moms face: scrutiny.
There’s some buzz around the palace that the monarch is none too happy with Meghan and her irritating vegan-friendly lifestyle, which she may be handing down to her new son. Who does she think she is?
According to The New York Post, a palace insider says the Queen isn’t having it. “Bringing the baby up as a vegan simply won’t be tolerated by the monarch.” The same source says the Queen isn’t super thrilled that Meghan has also persuaded Harry to quit hunting.
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“Being vegan isn’t a health risk, the question is if you got the right amount and enough nutrients,” Dr. Carrie Quinn, a pediatrician and director of the Mount Sinai parenting center, tells the NY Post.
Everyone talks about B12 deficiencies in vegans, but here’s the deal: a lot of meat eaters are also deficient in this nutrient because of absorption issues. Also, despite popular belief, B12 isn’t naturally found in animals. It’s found in “microbes that blanket the earth,” according to Dr. Michael Gregor of NutritionFacts.org, which is why much of the world’s industrial food supply is injected with the supplement.
As for other vitamins and nutrients, like calcium and iron, green leafy vegetables, oats, grains, legumes, fortified plant milks and nuts are all excellent sources.
Says R. Quinn, “A vegan mother has to be very cautious about making sure she takes supplements that are necessary so that her breast milk has the right nutrition for the child.”
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Back before she met Harry, Meghan told Best Health that “I try to eat vegan during the week and then have a little bit more flexibility with what I dig into on the weekends.”
And because Meghan’s animal cruelty stance goes beyond just a plant-based diet, animal rights group PETA UK has sent baby Archie a wool-free cardigan made of cotton and bamboo.
Really, the monarch should be proud of the new mom for her compassion, not critical.
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