Outdated recipes for homemade baby formula have quickly spread across social media amid a shortage in commercial formula. But experts say the recipes are unsafe and can endanger infants’ health. Let’s take a look at the facts.
NewsLit takeaway: People often share misinformation with good intentions, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still harmful. Several homemade baby formula recipes circulated online in early May 2022, along with this widely shared photo. The user comments on these and other posts about the formula shortage recount personal anecdotes about having been raised on homemade formula, implying that the recipes are safe. But medical consensus on many health-related topics, including pregnancy and childbirth, have changed significantly since 1960 (the date on the recipe in the photo). For example, many doctors in the mid-1960s believed alcohol stopped premature labor and recommended women in preterm labor be given vodka and orange juice or alcohol through an IV. Remember: While it may be tempting to try health-related guidance you find on social media, especially in times of need, it’s always best to consult with your doctor.
- “A ‘Homemade Baby Formula’ Recipe from 1960 is Viral — and Dangerous” (Kim LaCapria, Truth or Fiction).
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