Le Bonheur doc urges parents to stick with safest formula options

In response to questions from People magazine regarding a celebrity’s endorsement of alternative baby formulas, Le Bonheur’s Dr. Mark Corkins warned of the health risks associated with untested, unregulated products.

Dr. Mark Corkins

The article mentioned a homemade goat’s milk formula recipe found in former reality television star Kristin Cavallari’s latest book. The article was later removed from People.com after many questions and concerns, according to Today.com.

Goat’s milk and cow’s milk should not be given to children under the age of 1, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Corkins, who is Le Bonheur’s division chief of pediatric gastroenterology and a nutrition spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, encouraged parents to follow the AAP’s recommendations to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of an infant’s life. He also recommends the use of commercial formulas over any alternatives if breastfeeding is not an option.

"Why would you want to use an alternative formula when there are well tested and tried formulas widely available?" Dr. Corkins said to People magazine. "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." 

Corkins’ quote continued:

"If we want the most natural and organic nutrition then breast feed…A homemade formula runs a high risk of leaving an essential nutrient out, and is certainly not less work and probably not cheaper." 

For more information on breastfeeding and the AAP's nutrional recommendations, check out this great FAQ.

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