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Breastfeeding is hard -- and being on the clock with a breast pump when you're away from your baby can be a pain. So we feel for new mom Kristin Cavallari, who recently told Hollywood Life that she stopped nursing her baby boy, Camden, who was born last August, a few weeks ago.
"It's hard," she told told the web site while at an event on Jan. 29. "It was the hardest part of the whole thing and no one tells you that. I was a slave to pumping."
But it's what she told the site next that gave us pause: "Now we are giving him a goat milk concoction that Jay [Cutler] found." Wait -- what? A "goat milk concoction"? Is goat milk a safe alternative to breast milk or baby formula?
Not according to the pediatricians we asked. "Not knowing exactly what this goat milk concoction is, I can tell you this much: Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for infants, and standard infant formula is the safest alternative," says Jennifer Shu, M.D., coauthor of Heading Home With Your Newborn. "Cow's milk, goat's milk and soy milk (not formula) contain proteins that are not processed (unlike infant formulas) and may cause problems with the baby's digestive system. Infant formulas contain iron and vitamin D and other important ingredients for healthy development. Goat's milk can cause anemia, electrolyte imbalances and infections in infants."
Ari Brown, M.D., an Austin-based pediatrician and author of the Baby 411 book series, agrees. "Commercial formulas -- which come in three basic categories: Cow-milk based; Soy-based and Hypoallergenic/ protein hydrosylate formula -- ensure that a baby is getting the correct ratio of nutrients. We do NOT advise doing kitchen chemistry for your baby in 2013. Why? Babies who drink cow's milk or goat's milk under one year of age as a substitute for breast milk have a greater risk of iron deficiency anemia and gut/intestinal irritation. In short: bad idea!"
We sure hope Kristin and Jay are working with a medical expert to make sure baby Camden is getting the best, safest source of nutrition -- but we also hope all the other new mamas out there who are ready to give their boobs a rest don't follow their, er, formula.