Now you can’t even prepare your own homemade baby formula without the government butting in?
According to WLOX 13, a young Maine mom was threatened by doctors and the state with the removal of her 3-month-old son after officials learned she had been feeding him homemade goat’s milk formula.
“Oh, he loved it. We put celery juice in it, and he just loves that, and it worked really well with his body, and he grew like a weed,” Gellerson told WLOX 13.
Even after a mandatory overnight hospital stay and the edict to feed the boy, named Carson, store-bought formula, the state is still allegedly keeping an eye on Alorah and her family. “I hope this all goes away. It’s been so terrible and hard on us. We’re just trying to live our lives and they keep bothering us. I just want it to be all over,” Gellerson said.
This case strikes me in particular, because I’m a big goat’s milk fan. I have always given my sons goat’s milk, and it has been wonderful. Their bodies adjust so easily after having breast milk for a year. You can tell it is easier to digest because their stool is exactly the same as when they received mom’s milk. This is not the case when babies are given cow’s milk and formula.
Here is an interesting little article about some of the benefits of goat’s milk. Note that Dr. Sears mentions that the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend the use of goat’s or cow’s milk products in infants under one year, since either can cause intestinal irritation and anemia. He does also mention that babies of under a year may get goat’s milk formula, but “only with consultation from baby’s doctor or a pediatric nutritionist.”