People magazine has come under fire after publishing a recipe for goat milk baby formula as a part of its "Great Ideas" feature on the magazine's website. The recipe, an excerpt from reality TV star Kristin Cavallari's lifestyle book, "Balancing In Heels," was pulled just a few hours ago.
I had heard about the appalling recipe and Googled the details. An article called "Kristin Cavallari's Goat's Milk Formula Recipe " popped at People.com. An article on why Cavallari chooses to feed her babies the homemade goat milk formula was linked to the recipe.
Now when you click on that it takes you to this page:
Before the piece was removed, I'd managed to snap a photo:
I'm only posting part of the image, because I do not want to publish the recipe in its entirety. Too many experts have responded that feeding babies homemade formula in general, and goat's milk specifically, can be dangerous.
I tried to reach Ana Calderone, author of the article, and also to People for comment, but neither has responded.
Perhaps it is because they realized that they were endorsing the idea of home-making your baby goat milk formula, is, contrary to where it appeared, not a great idea. Such a formula is not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Referencing the article and recipe, which have since been removed, one doctor wrote in comments, "I am a neurologist practicing in New York and am writing to tell you that I will be canceling all waiting room copies of People magazine after your publication of the following article." The doctor was referring to the article I'm talking about.
Kristin Cavallari told People that she "… prefers to know every
ingredient that goes into the foods she feeds her family—escpecially when it
come to baby formula."
"I would rather feed my baby these real, organic ingredients than a heavily processed store-bought formula that contains 'glucose syrup solids ...," the mom to three kids under 3 told People.
Other ingredients in Cavallari's recipe were organic maple syrup, virgin olive oil and cod-liver oil.
Dr. Mark Corkins, a pediatrics gastroenterologist and member of the AAP told People magazine, "These cocktail formulas do not have the fortification of the vitamins and minerals that the standard formulas have."
The article accompanies the release of her book,
"Balancing in Heels," where she shares the goat's milk formula recipe that she told the magazine she developed along with
her Chicago Bears quarterback football star Jay Cutler and their pediatrician, who goes unnamed.
She said she offers her kids homemade baby formula once they have stopped breastfeeding, including before their first birthdays.
Los Angeles pediatrician Dr. Rebecca Mandel is outraged over
the magazine's unquestioned support of Cavallari's approach to baby nutrition. I talked to Mandel last night, before the piece had been taken down.
'These cocktail formulas do not have the fortification of the vitamins and minerals that the standard formulas have.'
"People magazine has done its readers a dangerous service by
publishing this article and promoting Ms. Cavallari's 'formula.' They should be
ashamed of legitimizing this recipe as a safe alternative for infants," Dr. Mandel said.
Did People realize they were doing something dangerous?
Dr. Mandel urges people to hear what the American Academy
of Pediatricians has to say about goat milk.
"Many infants are exclusively fed
unmodified goat's milk as a result of cultural beliefs as well as exposure to
false online information," the AAP writes. "Anecdotal reports have described a host of morbidities
associated with the practice…"
An article in The Telegraph says that the Department of
Health declared goat's milk was not suitable for babies, and it's not even
approved for use in Europe.
Several doctors are quoted in the article, saying they would
never recommend goat milk. Even the managing director of a company that made
formula—including a variety that contains goat milk— said, "I personally would
choose traditional, but organic, formula over goat's milk."
Goat milk can cause strokes and other life-threatening complications in babies, such as depriving them of much-needed
electrolytes. Goat milk is not hypoallergenic and can cause serious allergic
reactions, such as intestinal bleeding, rashes and death.