Kristin Cavallari Sparks Controversy With Her DIY Goat's Milk Baby Formula

Kristin Cavallari

Now, you already know there's going to be heck to pay whenever you formulate an opinion about anything that's related to parenting -- and, judging by the looks of this firestorm, that's exactly what happened. Kristin Cavallari's homemade goat's milk formula recipe is causing a ton of controversy.

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The 29-year-old former reality star and mama of three had no issues sharing her goat's milk recipe for formula (which she and her pediatrician created) with the masses -- it's published in her book, Balancing in Heels, and she talked about it with People. In fact, the magazine loved it so much that they featured it as a part of their People Great Ideas, which didn't sit too well with those who saw it ... at all.

Needless to say, folks criticized and complained, causing People to remove Kristin's homemade formula recipe from its website.

You might be wondering what would possess Kristin to use goat's milk in her formula, or why she wants to do it in the first place. In her book, Kristin mentions her plans to give her baby daughter Saylor, 4 months, homemade formula with goat's milk once she's completely done with breastfeeding, because her two sons (Camden, 4, and Jaxon, 2) have sensitivities to cow's milk.

Kristin also is quoted saying in her book that she'd rather make homemade formula using goat's milk instead of that "heavily processed store-brought formula, that contains, 'glucose syrup solids' ..."

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Aside from what some might consider a dig to mothers who use store-bought baby formula, the main reason for this outcry is because many people strongly believe goat's milk is very dangerous for babies.

As it stands, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies receive human milk and, if that's not an option, it recommends to use iron-fortified infant formula. Researchers are also quick to highlight the dangers of raw or unmodified goat's milk in the journal Pediatrics. The AAP even believes that kids allergic to cow's milk will be allergic to goat's milk. (That's probably not what Mom wanted to hear.)

What's also worth a note is that in their original article, People referenced Dr. Mark Corkins, a pediatric gastroenterologist who questioned the homemade goat's milk recipe.

Dr. Corkins said:

Why would you want to use an alternative formula when there are well tested and tried formulas widely available? These cocktail formulas do not have the fortification of the vitamins and minerals that the standard formulas have. Commercial formulas are some of the most highly regulated foods with strict nutritional standards that the companies have to meet for the FDA.

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Even though I've never tried it, I have heard of quite a few mommies giving their child (no infants, though) goat's milk. While there certainly seems to be more than a few words of caution to parents before introducing it to their LOs, at the end of the day, you, as Mom, need to trust your gut -- and do what's best for your baby.

I do, however, believe it's just as important to consider the risks associated with your decision, especially when so many medical outlets warn moms and dads about dangers.

All in all, I think People made the right decision removing the DIY recipe. Even with disclaimers and expert advice in place, you don't want to leave yourself open for your readers to follow a guide that uses a very questionable ingredient -- and possibly misinterpret the directions.

 

 

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