Brooklin Mother Says State Not Happy With Her Formula Choice
Alorah Gellerson loves her three month old son. “He’s a really good baby. He’s always happy. He likes to eat,” she said. But what baby Carson eats has caused a lot of trouble for this 17-year-old mother from Brooklin.When the baby didn’t take to breast feeding, Gellerson started feeding him homemade goat milk formula.”Oh he loved it. We put celery juice in it and he just loves that and it worked really well with his body and he grew like a weed,” she said. But when her doctor reported this to the Department of Health and Human Services, things got messy.”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 and he’s perfectly healthy, we can all see that,” said Gellerson. Gellerson, who receives state benefits, says she has complied with all of the mandates from DHHS, including numerous doctor visits, an overnight hospital stay, and even switched over to store bought formula to please them, but she says the state is still not dropping it. “It’s so frustrating. She’s a great mom. The baby has a great dad too and they love this baby very much and they would never do anything to hurt him and if we thought the formula was harming him, we would not do that,” said Tania Allen, Gellerson’s mother. DHHS said they had no one available to speak with us. But they sent us to websites for procedures they follow, like one from the USDA, which says goat milk is not recommended for infants because of inadequate quantities of certain vitamins. “I am aware that there is some push back from a lot of community organizations toward parents who take that approach. 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,” said Jack Forbush, DO, The Osteopathic Center for Family Medicine in Hampden. “I hope this all goes away. It’s been so terrible and hard on us. We’re just trying to live our lives and they keep bothering us. I just want it to be all over,” said Gellerson.