As my son was approaching his 1st year, I could hardly believe how quickly time had past. My little chubby cherub was no longer a baby. We could officially include him in the toddler title. He could move up to eating some of the big kids snacks. We could start looking at getting him fitted for his first shoes and of course he could now drink full fat cow’s milk. He no longer needed breastmilk or formula. However our health visitor strongly advised that we continue to give him 2 of bottles of cows milk a day. It is healthy for him she chimed.
I am usually one to follow the advice of a health professional but this advice I did not agree with. I hate dairy. No scrap that. I absolutely love it, I could drink glass after glass when I was younger, and don’t even mention the word cheese to me. Having lived in France for 8 years cheese had become a part of my existence. No I love the taste of cows milk and all things made from cows milk, but its affects on the body, I hate.
More and more health professionals are now advising against dairy but why? With more research being conducted on the subject, new information about the real benefits of dairy have come to light. Previously praised for its bone enhancing abilities, scientists now claim that it actually does the opposite. Countries with the lowest dairy consumption are those with the lowest rates of osteoporosis. How can this be? If dairy is full of bone fortifying calcium and minerals then how is it that the countries that consume the biggest amount of dairy and milk products have the highest rate of osteoporosis and lactose intolerance?
A study done on women in Sweden found that those who consumed more than 3 glasses of milk a day doubled their mortality rate. The thing is that cows milk does contain a lot of calcium and vitamins. However our fragile little human digestive systems are just not able to process it like calves can. And that is where the problem lies. Cows milk is made for calves who have four digestive compartments in their stomachs. When humans drink it, it puts a massive strain on our digestive system causing inflammation which can lead to asthma, allergies and digestive issues such as IBS.
So why am I against dairy? Besides the above claims, the idea of drinking another animals milk just baffles me. We are the only species to drink another animals milk; furthermore we are the only species to continue drinking milk into adulthood. Why is that?
As much as I love cheese, cream and yogurt, I have first hand experienced a change in my health and digestion when I decided to cut it out. Once I stopped dairy my usually slow digestive system improved and general state of health felt a lot better because of it. My brothers who have suffered from severe eczema their whole lives have experienced significant improvements since cutting dairy with them being able to reduce their use of steroid creams and treatments.
Considering all of the above, the idea of feeding my son 2 bottles of cows milk a day leaves a pit in my stomach. Could I be opening him up to digestive issues and allergies by giving him cows milk? If he no longer needs breastmilk, which is made for humans, then why does he need cows milk? So what do I give him? If he no longer needs breastmilk or formula I do not understand why he needs milk at all. At the same time I am reluctant to take his bottle away from him as he is still so young, and he loves his bottle. So what do I do?
There are a lot of milk replacements out there, but which one is better for my son. In my household, we are nut milk drinkers. I drink almond milk and my partner drinks hazelnut. Though these are better than cows milk, store bought nut milks are not as nutritious as homemade nut milk made with pure nuts, and some brands only have 2% of nuts in their ingredients! How is that possible?? But with the amount my boy can drink, making my own nut milk every day is just not possible.
So with a bit of research we decided to give him goats milk. Goats milk is easier to digest than cows. It has less curd and contains less lactose. With fewer allergic proteins in the milk it does not cause as much inflammation in the gut like cows milk does and is full of minerals and vitamins. Check out the benefits here https://draxe.com/goat-milk/
While I would prefer he not drink any milk from a difference species, considering he is still so young I think it would be difficult to stop milk altogether. But for now we are sticking with goats milk, and will eventually go on to nut milks.
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