When her newborn son Carson did not take to breastfeeding, Alorah Gellerson began feeding him a vitamin-fortified goat milk baby formula. When her doctor found out, the doctor reported Mrs. Gellerson to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
CPS then got involved.
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.
The mom says she has complied with all of the CPS mandates, including doctor visits and switching to conventional formula, but CPS has not yet dropped the investigation.
“I am aware that there is some push back from a lot of community organizations toward parents who take that approach,” said Dr. Jack Forbush of the Osteopathic Center for Family Medicine in Hampden, Maine. “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.”
In spite of the fact that many other prominent, mainstream doctors speak positively about goat milk formulas for infant children (e.g. Ask Dr. Sears: Advantages of Goat’s Milk), CPS in this case appears to be substituting its judgment for that of the parent. This is not uncommon. Many CPS caseworkers seem to have a mold into which they believe parenting methods should fit.
Parents certainly should be thorough and careful to make the best decisions for their children’s health. In the current nanny-state environment, they should also be careful when those decisions are outside the box.
As Mrs. Gellerson said: “We’re just trying to live our lives, and they keep bothering us.”
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