Vegan Breastfeeder Should Be Punished

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vegan breastfeeder kills babyA story to make every natural mama pause, a tragedy is unfolding in France, and vegan-ism is being put on trial. An 11-month-old baby who was exclusively breastfed by her vegan mom is dead, and now the parents could face up to 30 years in prison for their lifestyle choice.

Parents Sergine and Joel Le Moaligou called for an ambulance after their baby girl became listless, but by the time the ambulance reached their home, the baby had died. Baby Louise weighed only 5.7 kg (@12.5 lbs) when the average 11-month-old weighs 8 kgs, and also suffered from a vitamin B12 and vitamin A deficiency at the time of her death. The deputy prosecutor, who is charging the couple with neglect and food deprivation followed by death, believes it was a direct result of her mother's diet, which excludes any animal products.

But that's, of course, not the whole story.

While the Le Moaligous are very strict vegans -- they even run an organic food company -- we all know vegans who successfully breastfeed their babies. Being a vegan is a healthy choice, as is breastfeeding. However, this particular family did make a deadly mistake with their baby, and it had everything to do with lifestyle. One that parents all over the world have been making, and some with disastrous consequences: they think that information they find in books, over the Internet, or from friends is to be trusted more than their own pediatricians.

After baby Louise's nine-month checkup, where the baby was diagnosed with bronchitis, the pediatrician advised the couple to take the baby to the hospital, as she was sick and losing weight. Instead, the parents chose non-traditional methods of healing their baby such as clay baths and cabbage poultices. For two months this baby was sick and struggling, and instead of treating her, the parents decided they knew best and ignored a doctor's advice. Baby Louise died of a pneumonia-related illness.

For two months this couple, suspicious of traditional medicine, slowly let their baby get sicker, and sicker, until she died. Two months this baby suffered, because her parents couldn't trust actual fact-based science. Now they face jail time for neglect, and they should. Their baby is dead, and they leave behind a 13-year-old daughter as well.

The couple admits they made mistakes, and while being a vegan isn't one of them, rejecting proven medication to the detriment of your child certainly is.

Do you think this couple deserves to be thrown in jail?

 

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Nellyo Nellyo

Wow...that poor child suffered for months. Jail time, indeed.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

They should be punished because they did not take proper care of their child, and allowed her to suffer to extended periods of time- not because they were vegan parents. I think the blogger is irresponsible with the title of this post, using anger to instill her thoughts on a typically normal and healthy diet.

bills... billsfan1104

I have mixed feelings on this. I hate that a child died because of the parents mistrust for western medicine. But it is utimatly their choice. They have a choice not to seek medical intervention and put medicines in their kids. They have a choice to use all natural medicine if they so choose. Why should we as a society force someone to take meds?

juneb... junebaby11

they are just idiotic people, theres a difference between being vegan and stupid, parents can be vegan and breastfeed and give their baby all the needs, these people were  very ignorant and irresponsible, they deserve to be in jail, when u have a child u are to make sure the baby gets what he or she needs above ur own, modern medicine isnt completely wrong, bronchitis is very serious.....besides that this article makes it look bad to be a vegan, veganism is perfectly healthy, you just have to be informed, and prepared, you cant go oh well today im gunna be a vegan, you need to see nutritionists, and dietictians, and also speak to other vegans for help. but in general there is nothing at all wrong with being a vegan, its better than eating all the useless junk food(even though its yummy)

Nanixh Nanixh

They should definitely be punished! I can't imagine that poor baby suffering for 2 months because the moron parents refused to get her proper medical care. Bronchitus is nothing to mess around with and anyone with half a brain should know that. What a sad story, I don't even care about the vegan part, but the neglect that went on and that poor child......

Memph... MemphisSuzi

Though I whole heartedly support their right to make choices for their children and their lifestyle - I can not support the choice to let their baby become sicker and sicker and sicker.  When it became apparent that she was not improving with alternative medicine treatment why would you not seek other methods?  As a parent who supports scientific medicine, I have tried alternative methods with my son when he was suffering and modern medicine wasnt working.  As a parent it is your responsibilty to keep your child alive and at this they failed.  Sad.

Memph... MemphisSuzi

P.S. Being vegan has NOTHING to do with this at all!  Bad Title.

butte... butterflymkm

Billsfan I have trouble following your reasoning here. So it's okay for parents to deny lifesaving treatment to a child (and who doesn't know that you need antibiotics for that?) so that the child dies but it isn't okay for a woman to abort a child who isn't yet here?

sassy... sassykat122

Because Billsfan, an adult is able to make that choice. They know the risks of what they are doing. A child has no choice, they depend on the adults around them for protection and when their parents are unwilling to do so the state/government must step in to do so. The government wasn't saying anything about the parents lifestyle, simply that a child should always be protected and cared for and this child was clearly neglected

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