My children love raw milk.
I know, I know, the American Academy of Pediatrics doesn't recommend unpasteurized dairy products for pregnant women, infants, young children ... or anyone.
But I drank raw milk while pregnant with my youngest son, and all three of my children (ages 1-5) drink fresh, raw, organic, grass-fed cows' milk. In fact, my youngest was the healthiest of all my children, weighing 9 pounds at birth. My other two children have enjoyed robust health since we cut out pasteurized dairy and started on raw two years.
Raw Milk: Why My Kids Drink It
We didn't make the switch from processed to raw simply because of the health benefits, but they were a large incentive. We'd read about the healing properties of raw enzymes, and about how many people with chronic health issues found healing and diminished negative symptoms when they switched to raw milk. We found these testimonies inspiring, to be sure.
But for us, the main impetus was a combination of the nutritional impact of raw milk and the superior production standards for the beverage intended for raw consumption, compared to the grain lot dairy operations producing milk for large-scale commercial processing.
A quick study of commercial milk production makes one shudder. Thousands of animals kept in squalid conditions, fed foods unnatural to their native diet and pumped with hormones and antibiotics, hooked up to milking machines several times a day, is the reality at many (though not all) major milk farms.
Contrast that to the Amish farm where our milk is made. Cows move slowly through grassy fields where they have full access to their natural food, sunlight and fresh air. Twice a day, their milkmaids call them by name and with a bell. The girls lead the cows to the milking barn where they sing or chat with eath other as they milk their cows ... by hand.
The benefits of raw milk for my family have not been limited to exceptional health and improved nutrition. We haven't been sick to speak of since we made the switch, true, and my children are robust with strong bones, naturally, but that is only the beginning.
Since we started drinking raw milk, we have become a more solid part of our community with connections to Amish farmers and small, local producers. We have lessened our own footprint on the world by buying locally, and eliminating our use of plastic jugs (our milk comes in glass bottles, washed and reused every week) .
More Raw Milk Benefits
Drinking raw milk led us to reevaluate our other food choices. Slowly, our kitchen's contents changed. Our beef, chicken and eggs are now also local, fresh, and humanely raised and processed. Our wheat and rice are organic and bought in large paper sacks.
We began to read more about natural health, whole foods nutrition and organic produce. The more we read, the more we changed our eating habits. We got rid of processed flours and sugar products. We began to make most of food completely from scratch... for bread, that means beginning with wheat berries and a grain mill.
Thanks in large part to raw milk, my family is healthier, happier and living a more sustainable life than we were before.
And as for the American Academy of Pediatrics, I don't think they have my children's best interests in heart. How can they? They've never even met David, Rose and Patrick, let alone watched the effect of raw milk in their lives.
On this issue, mom wins.
Benefits of Raw Milk
Raw Milk Resources
- Real Milk Foundation
Great site for information and resources on raw milk legislation by state.
- A Healthy Eating Diet Plan: Nutrition for Natural Health
Traditional wisdom about nourishing food is making a comeback as people search for a healthy eating diet plan that will build optimal wellness and health.
- Weston A. Price Foundation
Your source for independent and accurate information on diet and health. We support traditional foodways, organic farming, pastured livestock, truth in labeling, prepared parenting, nurturing therapies, access to clean certified raw milk and a ban o
- Eat Wild
Eat Wild - The #1 Site for Grass-fed Food & Facts with a state-by-state listing of farmers who sell grass-fed meat, eggs and dairy products.