[I do love her. She reminds me of nearly all other women of that generation. There was not alot of emphasis on nutritional value, beyond the basic four food groups. My mom, for example, believes organics are a big hype. So, it's not that she's being cheap - she just honestly didn't see any benefits! Also, the big problem with powdered milk is obviously that it's no fat = no calcium and actually draining your bones of calcium. BUT, those facts were not known when those newsletters came out. And folks from that generation aren't all that likely to just jump on the new trend bandwagon, KWIM?
I can't believe that nobody has responded to this. Calcium is a mineral and is not stored in, nor carried by fat. One cup of whole milk is 4% milkfat and supplies 30% of your daily calcium needs. One cup of fat free milk is 0% milkfat and supplies 30% of your daily calcium needs. So actually you are probably getting 4% more calcium from the fat free milk. The number one dietary component that is leaching (draining) calcium from American bones is phosphorus, which we ingest in sodas (both diet and sugar sweetened). I do not serve my family powdered milk to drink, but with the price of milk soaring, I may have to consider doing that in the future. Personally, I usually buy the Borden Kidbuilder Milk because: 1.) Borden does not use growth hormones in its milk production, and 2.) I have 3 teenage boys that are building bone mass that will have to last them a lifetime. Kidbuilder is fortified with extra calcium; each cup supplies them with 5% more calcium than regular milk. It also is healthier because if is 1% milkfat. This is my opinion based on what I have learned about nutrition.
Amy is someone you like, love or hate, but I have to say after reading ALL of her books, she is a dedicated mother. Using many, but not all, of her ideas made it possible to be a SAHM for eleven years. But the best thing I learned from her was how to think. My strategies had to be in my comfort zone and were unique to my situation. She says that everyone has different goals and live in different parts of the world; figure out what is best for you.