‘People’ deletes anti-vaxxer celebrity’s baby formula recipe — which can be deadly
“People” magazine has removed a post on reality TV star Kristin Cavallari that includes a recipe for goat’s milk baby formula over serious health concerns.
The 29-year-old Cavallari is promoting her new book, Balancing In Heels, which reveals she feeds her baby a goat’s milk-based formula once she’s stopped breastfeeding and runs out of her own frozen milk.
An article on the book posted last week included a recipe for the baby formula, which also includes organic maple syrup and cod’s liver oil, that she developed with a pediatrician and her husband, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
Cavallari said she would rather feed her three children homemade formula rather “than a heavily processed store-bought formula that contains ‘glucose syrup solids,’ which is another name for corn syrup solids, maltrodextrin, carrageenan and palm oil.”
But “People” took down the article after many readers complained that goat’s milk is extremely dangerous for babies, reported the Friendly Atheist blog.
“Infants should be fed breast milk or iron-fortified infant formula, even in infant cereal,” warns American Academy of Pediatrics. “If infants are weaned from breast milk before age 12 months, they should be fed iron-fortified infant formula rather than cow’s milk. Cow’s milk, goat’s milk, and soy milk are not recommended during the first 12 months of life.”
The “People” article refers to that warning by quoting a pediatrician who expresses concerns that alternative formulas don’t meet FDA nutritional standards required by food manufacturers — but doesn’t mention some of the severe risks to babies associated with goat’s milk.
Those risks include life-threatening conditions such as anaphylactic shock, hemolytic uremic syndrome and infections, as well as severe electrolyte abnormalities, metabolic acidosis, megaloblastic anemia and allergic reactions.
Cavallari, who said her sons have a sensitivity to cow’s milk, refuses to vaccinate her three children due to unfounded fears over autism.
“I’m just a mom,” she said. I’m trying to make the best decision for my kid. There are very scary statistics out there regarding what is in vaccines.”
No scientific link has been found between vaccines and autism.
Although the goat’s milk baby formula recipe was removed from “People’s” website, it remains in Cavallari’s book — with a suggestion to consult a pediatrician.