Originally Posted by bluedaisy
I'm sure this is a silly question, but do you boil the raw milk or just give it to your child? I lived in kenya for several years where I bought all raw milk but I was always told to boil first to kill bacteria and make it last longer (it would go bad in 2 or 3 days without boiling it). We get raw milk now but DH and I only drink it in chai so it gets boiled in the process of making chai. my 2 1/2 yo dd is in the weaning process (i'm pg and out of milk) and she has taken a sudden liking to cows milk. So i've been boiling the milk and giving it to her warm. Is this necessary? If it's boiled it wouldn't really be raw anymore, right?
When you boil it you are pasturizing it, and depending on the temp it is reaching and for how long, you are probably pasturizing it even worse than what is sold in the stores. NO, I absolutely do not expose the raw milk to any heat, it comes out of the goat or cow, goes into my suppliers fridge, and they deliver it to me later that day and it goes straight to my fridge, then I pour it into glasses and we drink it:)
Please watch the video that I gave a link to in my first post, it is very informative and explains why you dont need to worry about bacteria in your milk(unless it is being stored in dirty containers or the animals are in horrible living conditions but that is unlikely with raw milk suppliers).
Boiling it destroys and/or depletes many of the milks nutrients and beneficial enzymes and such. In Kenya you may have been told to do that because maybe cleanliness was an issue, or the animals were being fed lots of corn or were living only indoors? An animal like a goat or cow needs vegetation and outdoor space to be healthy, and if the animal is unhealthy than the milk will likely have bacteria in it. Pasturization was required because long ago people did not know anything about germs or sanitation and they kept their animals in disgusting living conditions so of course the milk was getting contaminated, but today the raw milk distributers know better. The big factory farms still cram all their animals into a confined indoor space, feed them garbage, allow the milk to be contaminated, and then they pasturize it so that no one gets sick and they can still carry out all of their inhumane practices because it is easy and cheap for them. They also load their animals with medications because otherwise the animals would die in such conditions, and they give their animals hormones to get more milk production out of them, unnatural amounts of milk, it is very sad. Like I said, Please watch the video!!