Television personality and known anti-vaxxer Kristin Cavallari had her recipe for goat’s milk baby formula pulled from People Magazine because it could, you know, kill babies.
The recipe’s formula originated in Cavallari’s new book, Balancing in Heels, where according to her, she started nursing her children with goat formula after she ran out of her own breast milk. She talks openly about what she perceives to be the dangers of ordinary baby formula in addition to her refusal to vaccinate her children for fears that they might develop autism.
“We didn’t vaccinate… You know what, I’ve ready too many books about autism…” she recently said in an interview on Fox Business.
People Magazine ironically published Cavallari’s piece in a section called “Great Ideas”:
“… She uses [the goat’s milk-infused formula] once she’s stopped breastfeeding and has run out of her own frozen milk.
Because her sons have “sensitivities to cow’s milk,” the former Laguna Beach star — who takes an anti-vaccination stance — uses goat’s milk powder for her homemade formula. Other ingredients include organic maple syrup and cod-liver oil.”
Its a wonder how People Magazine didn’t see that impressionable anti-science quacks might want to follow in Cavallari’s footsteps.
The American Academy of Pediatrics lists goat’s milk as something that should not be given to babies. “Infants should be fed breast milk or iron-fortified infant formula, even in infant cereal. 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.”
From the deleted People article:
“[She] prefers to know every ingredient that goes into the foods she feeds her family — especially 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 National Center for Biotechnology Information published an study that highlights even more of the dangers of goat’s milk:
“Anecdotal reports have described a host of morbidities associated with that practice, including severe electrolyte abnormalities, metabolic acidosis, megaloblastic anemia, allergic reactions including life-threatening anaphylactic shock, hemolytic uremic syndrome, and infections.”
It’s a shame to see Kristin Cavallari using her large platform to spread dangerous pseudoscience to people who might trust someone that they admire more than a professional. But then again, this is the Internet.