Pediatrician warns against baby formula recipes on the internet

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) — Meet Crew Maverick Maegle, a happy and healthy 8-month-old boy. When it comes to finding formula, her father, Dr. Michael Naegle, is in the same boat as thousands of other KELOLAND parents.

“I know what it’s like to go from grocery store to grocery store looking for these formulas to meet your baby’s needs and it’s very frustrating to have to do this to worry about where the next one will come from. your baby’s meal.” said Dr. Naegle.

Homemade formulas can be lacking in some nutrients that babies need, Naegle says, which can cause seizures, growth problems, heart arrhythmias and an increased risk of infection.

Even lab-made formulas have been contaminated.

“That’s why a lot of these formulas were taken off the shelves because bacteria started growing in them, which led to babies being admitted to hospital, babies sick with these infections and it happened in a very sterile environment so you can see if people are making them at home, it greatly increases that risk of infection,” Dr Naegle said.

Minnesota pediatrician Dr. Hannah Lichtsinn says that as a temporary last resort, whole milk could be used to feed babies over six months old. Cow’s milk is generally not recommended for babies under one year old.

“The infant’s digestive system is not able to absorb cow’s milk protein as readily and it leaches iron and other important nutrients away from the baby,” Dr Lichtsinn said.

Dr. Naegle also cautions against diluting the formula to make it last longer. He says if parents can’t find formula, they should contact a pediatrician. They often have resources that others don’t and can suggest safe alternatives

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