Why the 1960 recipe for homemade formula that has gone viral on Facebook is not safe

Many parents are concerned about the current shortage of formula milk that is experienced practically throughout the United States, which for many is elementary and necessary for the feeding of their babies who for some reason are not under a breastfeeding scheme.

It is very likely that in some parts of the US all the resources and recommendations given by some authorities to get a can of formula milk have already been exhausted, so some have resorted to the internet and social networks to find a recipe for homemade of this product.

That is why in social networks is circulating what apparently is a home recipe for making baby formula dating back to the 1960s that apparently, many have wanted to emulate and that experts indicate not to do it because it can put the lives of children at risk.

“I strongly advise against making homemade infant formula recipes,” said Dr. Candice W. Jones, a board-certified pediatrician.

At the moment, it is not clear where the image originated, but advice for parents to mix Karo syrup with evaporated milk and water (apart from offering tea, water, and orange juice to your babies) is not considered safe, by modern infant nutritional standards.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory on February 24 warning parents and caregivers not to use homemade infant formula. “The agency has requirements for certain nutrients in infant formula, and if the formula does not contain these nutrients at or above the minimum level or within the specified range, the infant formula is adulterated,” the notice stated. “Homemade infant formulas have not been evaluated by the FDA and may lack nutrients vital to a growing baby,” he added.

“The hardest thing about homemade baby formula is that the necessary ingredients, like vitamin additives and new sources of carbohydrates, they are much harder to find than commercial formula, especially in emergencies… If the formula is not mixed correctly, the consequences can be catastrophic,” explained board-certified lactation consultant Danielle Downs Spradlin in a March 2020 interview for Breaking .

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