Mom goes viral after saying she won’t feed animal products to her baby

TikTok mom Natasha Callahan was shamed online after revealing she is raising her 7-month-old as a vegan, with some commenters claiming a plant-based diet isn’t healthy for a baby.
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- Now, to the TikTok mom being shamed online after revealing that she is raising her seven-month-old vegan. The video going viral with some commenters claiming a plant-based diet isn't healthy for a baby. Erielle Reshef has the details. And Erielle, doctors are now weighing in on this. - They are, Whit. And there's no shortage of strong opinions on this one. Natasha says she never expected when she posted that TikTok video that she would spark a so-called diet riot, and open up a major debate about a vegan diet for babies. ERIELLE RESHEF (VOICEOVER): This morning, new mom Natasha Callahan facing a so-called social media diet riot, after sharing on TikTok that she feeds her baby exclusively vegan food. [UPBEAT MUSIC] (SINGING) Yes, I am. Yes, I am. Yes, I am. ERIELLE RESHEF (VOICEOVER): Callahan, who regularly posts lighthearted TikTok videos like this one with her daughter Oak, says she never expected revealing the seven-month-old's diet would lead to a mom-shaming onslaught. - My videos usually get like a couple of hundred views, if that. So when it blew up, I was like, what is going on? ERIELLE RESHEF (VOICEOVER): Her video quickly going viral, garnering over 20,000 views in less than three days. Some replying with supportive comments, but others scolding her. One user writing, "Babies need meat." Another saying, "Just no." - There was people like telling us I was being selfish and abusing my child because I'm not given her meat. And then there was other people saying like, don't be silly. Like, it's a great thing. ERIELLE RESHEF (VOICEOVER): Doctors say when it comes to kids, especially infants, a vegan diet can be safe but parents should be cautious. WENDY SUE SWANSON: It can be safe to raise an infant, toddler, or child in a vegan diet, I think, with careful planning, with thoughtful additions to a vegan diet that think about immune development, brain, and even retinal development. You can do a great job primarily focusing on plant-based diet. ERIELLE RESHEF (VOICEOVER): According to a study conducted in Poland and published in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition," children who follow vegan or vegetarian diets had less body fat and a healthier cardiovascular profile than children who ate meat. But researchers warn that vegan diets may affect growth, bone mineral content, and micronutrient status. Natasha is currently breastfeeding and feeding her daughter solid vegan foods. But says, when her daughter is old enough, it will ultimately be up to her whether she remains a lifelong vegan. NATASHA CALLAHAN: If she comes to me and says, I don't want to be vegan, then she doesn't have to be vegan anymore. - And Natasha says that she is taking all of this in stride, all of that criticism. Of course, doctors we talked to say it's best to consult your pediatrician about the best food regimen for your kids. Guys. WHIT JOHNSON: A really interesting conversation, Erielle. Thank you.

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