VEGAN PARENT'S FAQS
Midwives & Health Visitors
Contrary to popular belief, midwives and health visitors are generally reasonable people. Their career is being helpful, and they need a strong academic background to get in.
Twice I was directly asked if I'm a vegan, and the reaction was very supportive. Apart from that, there is no need to mention you are a vegan, and it isn't really relevant. A health visitor's job is to find children in danger, not just on special diets. If you are concerned about confrontation, then you could save a link to the relevant NHS website section.
School and family understanding
The Vegan Society publish advice:
Find support from other vegans in local vegan parent's groups (baring in mind that online behaviour is not always the most welcoming, so don't take adverse comments to heart!)
Childcare, schools, home education
Vegan infant baby formula milk
Visit the breastfeeding page for breastfeeding information. Breastfeeding is recommended by medical professionals.
Find information on the vegan formula milk page. Organic rice formula can be ordered from France or Germany at expense. Non-organic vegetarian soya formula is available in the UK. Neither are recommended in the UK unless your baby has allergies, in which case they are recommended. I know vegan parents who have needed to feed their babies animal milk. You can only do your best.
Vegan nappy cream + nappies
Cream: Avoid nappy rash with baby-led toilet training. Use an edible, natural oil, or one of the recommended plastic free products on the bum page. which do not contain bee's wax (cera alba) or sheep's wool (lanolin). Other plastic products can be found on the nappy cream page.
Nappies: Find out which ones don't contain wool on the bum page.
Vegan children's books
Vegan baby shoes
Shoes are only necessary when a baby learns to walk. Prior to this people use them for aesthetic reasons. We managed to get on the feet, and keep on the feet: ankle welly boots, moccasins, plimsolls. Baby can now wear anything, but likes bare feet best. Visit the vegan children's shoes page.
Vegan holidays and meals outs
The vegan family holidays and cafes page shows a map of vegan BnBs with family rooms, and cafes which have told me they have high chairs, changing facilities, and/ or toys. The accommodation and cafes listed are in the UK, Ireland, and parts of Europe with a direct Eurostar train from st Pancras! I also have a blog about vegan festivals with children's activities.
You can find a similar list of vegan parenting resources in Vegan Runner Eats.