So, I know this may seem like a no-brainer, BUUUT, there is a lot of information about milk out there, and as you know I like to keep the Peeps informed!
Organic Vs. Non-Organic Milk
If there is anything you take away from this post it’s that you SHOULD totes be buying organic milk. If you are going to spend the extra money anywhere it should be on organic milk, NOT on amazeballs shoes from Nordstrom! Cow’s that produce organic milk have been fed organic feed and graze on grass that has NOT been treated by pesticides. It is also free of any hormones, especially rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone). These cows also are not given antibiotics if they get sick, and IF they are given antibiotics, the old boss is going to let them use their sick days, until the drugs pass through their bodies, and they are up and MOOOO-ing again!
Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH or rbST) YUCK, GROSS, NASTY!
So, this DISGUSTINGNESS is found in regular non-organic milk, and its basically what they are giving to cow’s to make them produce more milk, and for longer periods of time. The problem is that it causes these cows to develop Mastitis. You remember when you were breastfeeding, and you got horrible pains and clogged ducts in your breasts, and if left untreated would cause an infection? Well, that’s what is happening to these cows! If they develop this condition they are given antibiotics, or pus and blood can develop in their milk. Yum Yum! Who wants a warm glass of Pus and Blood!!??
Bottom line is this: Organic Milk is more expensive, but who cares!? By purchasing organic milk you are avoiding these growth hormones that are probably the reason nine year old girls have bigger boobs than I do, and are getting their periods when they are like seven years old! Read the labels folks! Just make sure its organic or says “rBGH Free”.
Should I give my baby Cow’s milk or Another kind, like Soy Milk?
Ok, heres the deal with this, unless your baby has an allergy to dairy, you should be giving your baby regular dairy milk (AKA: cow’s milk). You can do 2% or Whole milk depending on your kiddo’s size. My Doc suggested we give our chick 2%, but we have opted to stick with Whole milk.
Soy Milk Vs Cow’s Milk
Soy is the best alternative if your child is lactose intolerant, but it still does not have the same amount of calcium and fat that regular milk has. Your growing child needs calcium to grow big and strong. They even make Soy Milks that are calcium-fortified, but that still can’t compete with regular milk. Your kiddo can absorb calcium from cow’s milk much easier than calcium from soy milk. Soybeans contain(big word alert!) phytoestrogens, which mimic the body’s natural estrogen hormones. For the dudes out there, this can cause a testosterone imbalance or even cause lady boobs! This has also been linked to infertility, low sperm count and some cancers. For all my ladies out there, it can cause estrogen dominance, which has been linked to infertility, menstrual troubles and cancer… I even read somewhere that it can be SO strong that a baby drinking only soy milk is consuming the equivalent hormones of 4 birth control pills a day! Say what!??
Almond Milk Vs. Cow’s Milk
Almond milk is pretty darn good for ya, and its one of the most nutritionally valuable milk substitutes available today. It is high in a number of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, iron, fiber, zinc and calcium. The problem is Almond milk is low in calories, at only 40 calories per eight ounce serving, and low in fat. Your babe NEEDS calories and fat to grow!
Cow’s milk contains high levels of calcium, is fortified with vitamins A and D, is fatty, ANNND has a lot of protein, making it SO FAB for baby!
Coconut Milk or Rice Milk Vs. Cows Milk
These other two varieties of milk just don’t have the proteins, fats, or nutrients that a growing Kiddo needs. If you have to give baby a non-dairy milk, then I would choose Almond or Rice.
You do not have to shop at the expensive grocery stores to find organic milk. Most stores carry at least one brand of organic milk. When I am at Whole Foods I prefer the 365 brand, as it is their private label.
Keep up the Grayt work Mama!