A parent's values and beliefs have a great influence on how he or she raises a child. So long as the child is thriving and safe, a parent should have the freedom to follow those values and beliefs and pass them on to his or her child. This point was illustrated in the case of a mother who was forced into a child custody battle with the state of Florida that essentially came down to the fact that she is a vegan.
The woman took her infant son to the doctor for a checkup. During the visit, the doctor determined that the baby's weight had dropped approximately 10 percent since birth. He recommended that the mother take the baby to the hospital. However, the mother decided to try giving him a vegan soy formula in addition to breast milk to raise his weight before resorting to taking him to the hospital.