State Backs Down After Threatening to Take Baby Over Homemade Formula Dispute

'Nothing strikes more fear into the heart of a loving parent than the idea of having their children taken away.

Yet that’s just what the state of Maine threatened to do recently to young mother Alorah Gellerson when she told her doctor that she was feeding her baby a homemade formula made from raw goat’s milk.

Alorah began feeding her infant son, Carson, a homemade goat’s milk formula because he was not taking to breast feeding. Despite an improvement in Carson’s health, Alorah’s doctor reported her to DHHS, who quickly pounced on the family, claiming that the goat’s milk was somehow endangering the baby’s health. 

Citing United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines, DHHS threatened to take baby Carson away from Alorah if they did not comply with multiple examinations and a mandatory overnight hospital stay to force her son onto store-bought formula.'


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