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Anyone have any info on Raw Milk..i.e. milk that has not been pastuerized or homogenized? My dh wants to give my dd raw milk b/c she is lactose intolerant. He claims that people who are lactose intolerant have problems b/c everything is taken out of the milk helping them to digest it so they have lactose intolerance problems. I'm scared to give her the milk b/c of bacteria concerns. I mean why would they pasteurize it and homogenize it if it wasn't for our benefit??
 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raw_milk

Wikipedia gives both sides
One of the first things that is mentioned in the article is about lactase which helps with digesting lactose. I would do a search on that if I were you.

We personally drink raw milk and after about a week to get used to the different taste we will never go back to pasteurised. It's much creamier and tastes infinitely better now that we're used to it. IMO, as long as you get it from a reputable smallish farm then it's fine. It would be dangerous in the large operations because of the problems that modern large dairy operations inherently have, but a small organic local farm should be just fine.

I had a recurrence of (really really painful) thrush a few weeks ago (we had it for five months after dd was born) and I dipped my nipples in my cup of raw cow's milk and the next day my nipples felt fine! It's the best remedy for thrush that I've tried yet and I tried many of them!

love and peace.
 

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I grew up drinking raw milk. I do remember that it tasted a LOT better than anything in stores.

I'm not sure I would give it to my kids. I worry about the bovine leukemia virus, which can also infect people. I guess if you KNOW the farmer you're buying the milk from and KNOW s/he wouldn't milk a sick cow (the virus tends to make the cows produce MORE milk and there's a huge deal about this b/c large scale farmers sometimes infect their cows on purpose! blech!) Anyway, I would read up a lot before making a choice.

I'm from PA, I think we got the milk from an Amish farm, but it might not have been. We quit getting it by the time I was 8 or 9. I just remember you drove up the dirt road and there was an old bathtub in the springhouse w/ gallons of milk and you put your money in the jar on the shelf above it when you took milk.


btw, I do buy my kids non-homogenized, barely pasteurized milk. No argument there, homogenized milk is a bad bad thing.
 

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Personally I wouldn't give pasturized homogenized milk to my kids. They pasturize and homogenize milk for their benefit, not ours--pasturization so they can practice less-than-optimal milking practices, and homogenization so the cream doesn't rise to the top. You do have to be careful of your source with raw milk--talk to the farmer and see how they take care of the cows and what their milking practices are, unless you happen to live in a state where you can buy raw milk at a store. You can find more information at www.realmilk.com.
 

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Go Raw!


Don't Drink Your Milk
http://www.mercola.com/article/milk/no_milk.htm

Why You Don't Want to Drink Pasteurized Milk
http://www.mercola.com/2003/mar/26/pasteurized_milk.htm

More Reasons Why You Don't Want to Drink Pasteurized Milk
http://www.mercola.com/2003/mar/29/pasteurized_milk.htm

Dr. Ron Schmid's book The Untold Story of Milk is excellent. Excerpted and linked in this post of mine all about raw milk:
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...30#post4594730

Using raw milk, I've cured 4 immune system conditions in the past 1.5 years.
 

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I grew up on raw milk, too. I don't like the taste of pasturized milk. It doesn't taste like food. Our state certified Grade A Dairies to produce and sell raw milk and so that's what my kids get. Once they tasted it they didn't want the pasturized stuff, either.

If you can get it from cows on pasture, that is the best.
 
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