PEOPLE recently pulled a recipe for a goat’s milk-based baby formula that appears in reality TV star Kristin Cavallari's new book "Balancing In Heels."
"People magazine has done its readers a dangerous service by publishing this article and promoting Ms. Cavallari's 'formula,'" Dr. Rebecca Mandel, a Los Angeles-based pediatrician, told Mom.me. "They should be ashamed of legitimizing this recipe as a safe alternative for infants."
The PEOPLE article states that Cavallari's book says that she came up with the formula with her husband, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, and an unidentified pediatrician.
The 29-year-old celebrity, who has opposed vaccinations for children, says she uses the formula when she stops breastfeeding and depletes her own frozen milk supply.
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The mom of three says that her kids have “sensitivities to cow’s milk,” so she uses goat’s milk powder, organic maple syrup and cod-liver oil in the formula.
“While I wholeheartedly believe in this formula, it’s important to talk to your pediatrician first before feeding it to your little ones,” Cavallari states.
“Why would you want to use an alternative formula when there are well tested and tried formulas widely available?” Dr. Mark Corkins, a pediatric gastroenterologist, told PEOPLE. “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.”
“If we want the most natural and organic nutrition then breast feed,” Corkins added. “A homemade formula runs a high risk of leaving an essential nutrient out, and is certainly not less work and probably not cheaper.”
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“The food I give my children is one of the things I care most about,” Cavallari says.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics: "Goat’s milk is [n]ot appropriate as the primary feeding for infants. Neither goat’s milk nor cow’s milk can adequately replace breast milk or infant formula. Children under one year of age need an approved infant formula if not breast fed. Premature infants will likely need supplementation with a specialized formula in addition to breast feeding."