Sara Patience
Journal of Health Visiting, Vol. 1, Iss. 10, 15 Oct 2013, pp 560 - 566

Weaning is a crucial stage in an infant's development, and parents must ensure that their baby receives adequate nutrition as they progress from milk feeds to solid foods. Some parents may wish to raise their child as a vegetarian, either for ethical or religious reasons, or because of perceived health benefits. It is important that health visitors understand how a family's beliefs can affect the way they raise their child, and are equipped with the knowledge to advise parents while remaining sensitive to such beliefs. This article will look at the implications of weaning an infant onto a vegetarian diet, and how health visitors can support parents to ensure the infant gets adequate nutrition.

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