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Baby's mother in trouble with state over homemade goat's milk formula
Posted: Aug 09, 2013 12:43 AM EST Friday, August 9, 2013 12:43 AM EST Updated: Aug 09, 2013 2:49 AM EST Friday, August 9, 2013 2:49 AM EST
When the baby didn't take to breastfeeding, the mother started feeding him homemade goat milk formula. The doctor reported her to the health department. (Source: WABI/WWW/CNN)
BROOKLIN, ME (WABI/WWW/CNN) - Alorah Gellerson loves her three-month-old son.
"He's a really good baby. He's always happy. He likes to eat," she said.
But what baby Carson eats has caused a lot of trouble for this 17-year-old mother.
When the baby didn't take to breastfeeding, Gellerson started feeding him homemade goat milk formula.
"Oh, he loved it," Gellerson said. "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."
But when her doctor reported this to the Department of Health and Human Services, things got messy.
"She came in and threatened to take him away and put him in foster care until I complied to go to the doctor and get him seen."
Gellerson, who receives state benefits, says she has complied with all of the mandates from DHHS, including numerous doctor visits, an overnight hospital stay, and even switched over to store-bought formula to please them. But she says the state is still not dropping it.
"It's so frustrating. My daughter is a great mother. The baby has a great dad, too, and they love this baby very much, and they would never do anything to hurt him. And if we thought the formula was harming him, we would not do that," said Tania Allen, Gellerson's mother.
DHHS said they had no one available to speak, instead directing reporters to websites for procedures they follow, like one from the USDA, which says goat milk is not recommended for infants because of inadequate quantities of certain vitamins.
"I am aware that there is some push back from a lot of community organizations toward parents who take that approach," Jack Forbush, The Osteopathic Center for Family Medicine in Hampden, said. "I don't know what's really driving it other than perhaps some different cultural belief system. I've got plenty of kids in my practice that have been given goat's milk, for example, and they're growing and developing fine." "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.
What do you think? Should a mother be allowed to feed her baby whatever she wants? D&D
I'm impressed that she made her own formula. Sounds to me like she thought she was doin the right thing
if a child is growing and healthy I say the governemnt should have no say. If the child is nourished and developing there is no problem. My KIDS not theirs.
Aslong as the child was getting all if its nutritional needs I see no problem.
Store bought formulas are not very healthy to begin with so.....
If the mother was posing a real threat, like giving her baby drano or something, then yes, obviously she should be removed from the situation, but for this??? That is creepily intrusive for any one to mess with her for that.
Quoting Kimber-lily:" Aslong as the child was getting all if its nutritional needs I see no problem. Store bought formulas are not very healthy to begin with so....."
actually they are healthy. of course breast milk is best but that does not mean formula is not a nutritious substitute.
Yes, home made formula should be allowed, and actually IS allowed. I don't see how they have a case.
Here is the info on goat formula:
Although goat milk is rich in fat, it must be used with caution in infant feeding as it lacks folic acid and is low in vitamin B12, both of which are essential to the growth and development of the infant. Inclusion of nutritional yeast to provide folic acid is essential. To compensate for low levels of vitamin B12, if preparing the Milk-Based Formula (above) with goat's milk, add 2 teaspoons organic raw chicken liver, frozen for 14 days, finely grated to the batch of formula. Be sure to begin egg-yolk feeding at four months.
Wow that's just so wrong on so many levels. I gave my son goats milk when he had horrible reflux and it did miracles! Its really easy on the tummy. Did I tell the doctor? No. Exactly for the same reason I knew what she would've said. I did my research and made a concioenses(sp?) Decision to help my baby. Goats milk is WAY healthier than that crap they put in the baby formula on the market. I mean have you even LOOKED at the ingredients???? This mama sounds like she wanted a more natural approach to feeding her baby...its easier to digest and she also added celery juice! Her baby her choice!!! The government is really overstepping their boundaries nowadays
Quoting Onalee's Mummy:" I'm impressed that she made her own formula. Sounds to me like she thought she was doin the right thing"
The baby was growing. Its not like they were doing it to hurt him. :? People need to chill the f**k out. If its not hurting the child or causing malnutrition-- stay the f**k out of it.
If the baby is growing and developing well and is being fed, then I see no problems with feeding MY child whatever I want.
If the baby is underfed and losing weight and starving all the time, then there are problems.
<blockquote><b>Quoting HotMom21ERF:</b>" actually they are healthy. of course breast milk is best but that does not mean formula is not a nutritious substitute."</blockquote>
I never breastfed my kids. BUT seriously the ingredients in formulas are gross, good for the girl to make her own.
Quoting Yurvette [♥]:" This! The baby was growing. Its not like they were doing it to hurt him. :? People need to chill the f**k out. If its not hurting the child or causing malnutrition-- stay the f**k out of it. "
There are a lot more people out there that are in need of looking after. Not a mother trying to do the best for her child.
It would be different if her baby wasn't growing properly and she continued to use her formula. But they baby was doing fine! Its frustrating to see a mother trying her best get hassled.
Ehh I don't really have an opinion. I think it was dumb of her to think making her own formula using goat's milk as a base was a sufficient form of nutrition. Humans aren't designed to survive on cow's milk but at least formula is engineered with all the basic nutrients that an infant needs to survive, which I'm sure she wasn't getting with her goat's milk + juice concoction.
Quoting Kimber-lily:" <blockquote><b>Quoting HotMom21ERF:</b>" actually they are healthy. of course breast ... [snip!] ... I never breastfed my kids. BUT seriously the ingredients in formulas are gross, good for the girl to make her own."
Corn syrup solids, soy lecithin. yuck.
<blockquote><b>Quoting Yurvette [♥]:</b>" This! The baby was growing. Its not like they were doing it to hurt him. :? People need to chill the f**k out. If its not hurting the child or causing malnutrition-- stay the f**k out of it. "</blockquote>
It seems like it is one step away from dictating whether a mother should breastfeed or formula feed.