In the midst of a shortage where up to 40% of commercial baby formulas are not on the shelf, many mothers are seeking alternative solutions to ensure that their babies get fed. For many, this has meant creating their own formula
However, according to big tech and the corporate press, creating baby formula and actually finding a way to feed your baby is now a form of dangerous extremism.
Charity James recently shared a post on Facebook of her own vintage baby formula recipe from 1960. In response, Facebook labeled the post “false information” because its not up to nutritional standards and the recipe has not been evaluated by “governing authorities.”
Various people have shared the picture purporting to be a recipe from 1960 for homemade baby formula, noting that it might be useful in light of the current U.S. baby formula shortage. Now those pictures have been hidden; in their place is a screen that says “False Information” and “Checked by independent fact checkers.” From there, users can choose to “see why” or “see photo.”
If the photo wasn’t really a vintage baby formula recipe, Facebook declaring this false information would be bizarre but at least in keeping with the general tenor of what a “fact check” is supposed to mean. But no, the reason given for the “false information” label is even more eyeroll-worthy. Facebook objects to the recipe—which calls for milk, water, and Karo syrup—because it’s not what doctors or government bodies today recommend.
Below is the image that Charity shared:
Facebook’s explanation links to an article from The Healthy Indian Project, along with a statement from Facebook that “independent fact-checkers say that this information has no basis in fact.” The article doesn’t dispute that people made formula like this in 1960. Rather, it states that “Karo syrup is a debated ingredient to be administered to babies. Karo syrup is a commercial corn syrup derived from the starch of maize.”
Ironically, commercial brand baby formula is laced with poisonous corn syrups and additives. Let’s take a look at the ingredients list of two of the most popular brands of baby formula:
People might be especially interested in homemade formula right now, considering the formula shortage (which is partially driven by the FDA). It’s amazing that the FDA is objecting to recipes that haven’t been evaluated by bureaucrats, and it’s obnoxious that Facebook has decided to hide this information. Even if the 1960 recipe isn’t up to snuff, it could get people sharing information about better and more up-to-date recipes for homemade formula. Of course, those might not meet Facebook and FDA standards either…
The Weston A. Price Foundation provides a great list of homemade baby formulas for anybody in need of a recipe.