Breastfeeding is strongly recommended where viable, and we have been lucky it worked well for us.  Breast milk can be stored. 

 

Breast milk qualities cannot be replicated in formula.  Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of a baby's life.  After this, a combination of breastfeeding and food is recommended until the age of two (WHO, WHO).  This is because of the great present and future benefits in health and development.  

 

  • Vegans should keep up a good diet, including B12.  Wash breasts without soap.  (Viva

  • Milk takes a few days to start flowing, and production is encouraged by baby suckling.  

  • Topping up with formula milk, or offering a dummy lowers breastmilk supply (NHS).

  • Milk can be pumped and saved.  You can also be referred to a milk bank if you have serious problems. 

  • Midwives have recommended watching breastfeeding videos (especially this one) to me before the baby is born, and attending a workshop to learn positioning and attachment. 

  • The NHS website recommends cheap solutions to breast issues, such as: warm bath or shower, warm flannel, cabbage leaves and massage.  

  • Research as much as possible about breastfeeding before you start, and find local services with the links section.

 

Vegan baby formula milk exists! It's a choice people make for various reasons.     top of page

 

Scroll down for links to buy vegan formula milk. 

Soya Milk Safety

  • 'Millions of infants worldwide have safely been fed soya-based infant formulas over the last 60 years (Viva).  It is considered safe for full term babies (Vegan Health).  

  • The NHS suggest consulting a doctor before giving soya formula to a baby, due to certain hormone- like chemicals found in the plants.  Viva highlight that the actual hormones are found in greater amounts in animal milk.  Animals naturally have hormones, and these can also be injected on farms. 

  • Formula, rather than normal adult milk should be used until a child is 2.  However, children's soya milk alternative can be used from age 1 (Viva). 

  • The earliest recorded use of conventional adult soya milk was in 1365.  Soya is widely consumed around the world, in countries such as China.

Rice milk safety

  • Rice milk formula is also safe (European Journal of Pediatrics) when tested as an alternative to milk formula for infants with an intolerance.  

  • Surrey NHS state that rice milk should not be given before age 4.5 due to arsenic.  The Food Standards Agency do not recommend rice milk for babies (BBC). 

  • The EU place limits on the amount of arsenic allowed in rice products for babies, which go beyond the usual levels set by the WHO and FAO (BBC).  Surrey NHS also state that milk free formulas are available on prescription to babies with an allergy.   

  • Rice is the staple food of many countries, and lactose intolerance is widely prevalent.

  • The earliest recorded use of conventional adult rice milk was in 1921

 

Vegan Infant/ Baby Formula Milk    top of page

 

Premiriz

Bebe Au Naturel- France & Europe

Biodidoo- France & Europe

Boutique Vegan- Germany & Europe

Mondebio- France & Europe

HoplaBaby- Hong Kong

Price:

£31.34 $HK370

Vegan, organic rice formula

Mandorle

Bebe Au Naturel- France & Europe

Biodidoo- France & Europe

Boutique Vegan- Germany & Europe

La Mandorle

Price:

£36.09

Vegan, organic rice formula

Wysoy

Price:

£11- 22

Non organic soya formula with sheep wool

 

Breast and bottle feeding accessories     top of page

Oil for nipple cream

Nature's Healthbox- UK & international

I used any oil for nipple cream, such as coconut or almond... Or this: 'designed to have a positive effect on the whole breastfeeding process, and can be used for regular breast massage.'

From:

£11.99

Tea

Nature's Healthbox- UK & international

Planet Organic- UK

'The award-winning nursing tea by Neuner’s is made from a premium mixture of organic herbs and is specifically blended to support breastfeeding mothers. '

From:

£4.49- 6.26

Cover

Baby Security- UK & international

Daisy Baby- UK & international​

Ethical Superstore- UK

Natural Collection- UK

John Lewis- UK

To conceal yourself when breastfeeding in public.

From:

Various

Latch Assist

Daisy Baby- UK & international

Hello Baby- UK & international

John Lewis- UK

For inverted nipples.

From:

£8.99- 12.49

Shields

Baby Security- UK & international

Hello Baby- UK & international

John Lewis- UK

I have heard from mothers that this helped with already damaged nipples when feeding.  However, the NHS warn that it could affect attachment.

From:

Various

Warmer

Baby Security- UK & international

Daisy Baby- UK & international

Hello Baby- UK & international

John Lewis- UK

Mamas & Papas- UK

Bottle warmers.

From:

Various

Various used

eBay

Preloved

Sources of secondhand breast and bottle feeding products. 

From:

Various

Muslin

For burping.

From:

Various

Pump

Baby Security- UK & international 

Daisy Baby- UK & international

Hello Baby- UK & international

John Lewis- UK

Mamas & Papas- UK

To extract milk from your breasts and save this for later.

From:

Various

Pads- reusable or eco

Daisy Baby- UK & international

Ethical Superstore- UK

Natural Collection- UK

Nature's Healthbox- UK & international

Planet Organic- UK

 

Waitrose- UK

To collect milk leakage.

From:

Various

Bottle Kit

Hello Baby- UK & international

John Lewis- UK

Mamas & Papas- UK

Sets containing various bottle feeding products.

From:

Various

Steriliser

Baby Security- UK & international

Daisy Baby- UK & international

Hello Baby- UK & international

John Lewis- UK

Mamas & Papas- UK

Bottle sterilisers.

From:

Various

Breastfeeding Kit

Hello Baby- UK & international

Mamas & Papas- UK

Sets containing various breastfeeding products.

From:

Various

Pillow

Baby Security- UK & international

Daisy Baby- UK & international

Hello Baby- UK & international

John Lewis- UK

Mamas & Papas- UK

Vertbaudet- UK

Used to support your arm when breastfeeding.

From:

Various

Milk Storage

Daisy Baby- UK & international

Hello Baby- UK & international

John Lewis- UK

To store expressed (pumped) milk

From:

Various

Thermopads

Baby Security- UK & international

Daisy Baby- UK & international

Hello Baby- UK & international

John Lewis- UK

For sore breasts and nipples.  You can also simply try a warm bath, shower, flannel, or even a piece of cabbage.

From:

Various

Bottle wash

Ethical Superstore- UK

Natural Collection- UK

Nature's Healthbox- UK & international

TheVeganKind- UK & international

Natural bottle wash products.

From:

£3.50- 6.99

Bottle Brush

Baby Security- UK & international

Daisy Baby- UK & international

Hello Baby- UK & international

John Lewis- UK

Planet Organic- UK

Bottle brushes- Planet Organic has a non plastic one for £4.99.

From:

Various

 
 

High Street

Mainstream shops.

From:

Vary

Ethical

Organic nursing wear.

From:

Vary

Second hand

Maternity and nursing bras and clothes. 

From:

Vary