|Originally posted by kimberlylibby
I treated my nipples with lansinoh and made sure they got fresh air and made sure I was treating my mastitis ASAP.... so it didn't abcess.....
I'm pretty sure those poor cows are not getting the same loving care.
I'm going to do my song and dance again, so here goes:
I used to work on a small dairy farm that was part of the Cabot collective.
Cows on huge factory dairy farms are probably not getting the same TLC that you (and I) give our boobs when we have plugged ducts or mastitis.
However, keep in mind that cows (just like us) will lose their milk, at least in the affected quarter, if the infection is allowed to continue. No one wants that, least of all the owner, as it means less milk and hence less money.
On our farm (with about 40 head actively milking at any given time), we jumped right on the first signs of mastitis. We stripped the heck out of the affected teat(s), applied ointment and, where indicated, gave antibiotics. We also never, EVER milked a cow with suspected or confirmed mastitis into the tank. Holy moly, we'd be goners if we did. The boss would've had our hides.
FYI, I have NO clue what PETA and other organizations of its ilk could possibly have in mind when they talk about blood in the milk. Huh? Like, maybe if there's some raging infection and someone milks into the tank, some blood platelets get in, but please refer to the above if you have any question about how much pus-infected milk gets into the milk supply.
Oh, BTW, cows with mastitis can have the most disgusting, huge clots of pus I've ever seen. Nothing like what I experienced, myself, when I had plugged ducts. But even one little clot meant no tank for that cow's milk, and set the whole mastitis treatment machine in motion.
And as one more BTW, if you're concerned about this issue, then buy only organic or small collective dairy products.