I've just recently come across any info on this, and I'm wondering if anyone here has any further info. Please help me puzzle this out with your opinions?
I have dairy allergic children. Their symptoms are really quite mild, occasionally a runny nose, hyperactivity/mood, etc. That's about it. I actually thought that they were "growing out of it" by the time they hit 2 yrs old, until the more subtle signs were pointed out to me by our allergist.
I've recently been reading more and more about the important nutritive benefits of raw milk/raw butter. Obviously you can survive quite well without it, since we have been. And I've been on the fence for years about whether or not milk is even good for anyone at all (seems evolutionarily incorrect and I tend in that direction).
However, I've read sheep milk is as close to human milk as most animals get, so it rarely causes trouble for those dairy allergic. Now I've met a local sheep farmer that MAY begin a sheep share program with me. However, she also has a cow that is genetically A2/A2. Now, the only actual info I have on this is from her, but apparently cows with the A2 gene, as opposed to A1 as most modern cows are, carry milk very like a sheep's. It's very easily digestible as the proteins are more easily digestible (smaller or something, I think. I was distracted when she was explaining it). She says that most modern cows were modified over the past 100 years or so, to become high producers with lower fat content, and the A1 genes are better for that. So the A2, with higher fat (yay butter!) and more easily digested proteins, has been largely bred out of our food system.
Now, all of this does make sense to me. And she's definitely not the type to just push a share on us (she's got a waiting list, and I believe it) just to make a sale. Has anyone else heard this about the genes of the cow?
So I'm inclined to trying it. She's VERY interested in how the milk will do with allergic kids and is giving us some of the raw milk in order to try it and report back. If the kids did well I would feel good about buying a share in her cow share program and using the raw milk for butter/ghee and possibly more.
My worry is that
1. I won't recognize that the milk is hurting the kids. Some of these things can cause inflamatory reactions at a low level and long-term damage this way, right? I first began exploring it for their dental health, but if they are reacting it could do more harm than good. I know pitifuly little about allergy, like most HCP...
2. A2/A2 means nothing and now I've bought a cow share and I'm stuck in a monthly obligation (you can get out, but it's not easy).
3. I pass on the cow share and she decides to never do a sheep share program because I'm not constantly bugging her about it. :)
Thank you for any info.