“Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik took to her facebook page yesterday to address the burst of messages she received about a 2011 news story.
We’re not sure why this story is getting a passed around like it’s new, but from what we can gather, Bialik’s fans are writing to her about a vegan mother in France who exclusively breastfed her baby. Tragically, the baby died at eleven months and was deficient in vitamin A and B12. Bialik, a devoted vegan and mother, is responding to the alarmist messages by publicly dispelling the false assumption that since this baby was unhealthy, all babies breastfed by vegan mothers are in danger.
Bialik wrote, “i am getting so many emails about this… the tragic death of a breastfed baby whose mom was vegan in 2011 is NOT proof that breastfeeding vegans are a danger to their babies. B12 deficiency can happen in adult carnivores… let’s not be alarmist about an isolated tragedy. i promise, vegans can breastfeed. please don’t get cookoo about this!!” She then linked to this story about breastfeeding.
Apparently, many still didn’t get the message, so Bialik went on to write, “i’m just a glutton: the baby who tragically died in 2011 did not die because her mother was vegan. period. there are SO MANY other things going on that have to do with choices about ignoring medical advice having NOTHING TO DO WITH VEGANISM. have a great morning and let’s focus on more important issues of the world than bashing vegans or breastfeeding. thanks :)”
Bialik isn’t the only vegan mom who breastfeeds. Alicia Silverstone and Emily Deschanel have also maintained their vegan diets while raising healthy children. Personally, I know tons of vegan moms who have happy and healthy children who were breastfed. Thanks to Mayim for always being a vocal advocate on the side of science.