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6 Reasons Why We Don’t Do Cow’s Milk

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Recently when discussing my 14 month old weaning from the breast (nursing) a friend of mine asked if I was replacing my daughter’s breast milk with cow’s milk.

The answer was no.

Upon her query as to why we didn’t do dairy in our family (apart from the occasional cheese and butter now and then) I shared with her the following reasons and thought you’d like to know why too.

  1. Dairy has been proven to be linked to tumour growth (especially testicular cancer in men aged 20-39 and breast cancer)
  2. Countries where dairy consumption is lowest, they also appear to have the lowest incidence of cancer and other disease
  3. Contrary to belief, dairy does contain calcium but it also it not retained by the body when consumed (those with osteoporosis have been known to be large consumers of dairy). The more dairy we consume the weaker our bones become. It’s true that cow’s milk contains calcium, but it causes the body to leach more of it out of our bones. There are plenty other sources of calcium that are more readily absorbed by the body – sea vegetables, sesame seeds and tahini, leafy greens, blackstrap molasses, almonds (we make almond milk and make smoothies) and beans. Calcium absorption is also facilited by Vitamin D 
  4. Milk is connected to so many allergies and asthma (the body can view milk from another species as an attacker or allergen).
  5. Dairy can mess with hormones
  6. Links to diabetes
We don’t really notice the absence of milk in our family and if a recipe calls for milk then we will substitute with our own home made nut and or seed milks (or water if it will work if the said recipe) and as for calcium requirements for little onesI make sure we have loads of almond milk, tahini, blackstrap molasses in smoothies, and greens with some Vitamin D supplements to help with absorption (as Vitamin D is a major deficiency in our region of the world especially as we spend so much time indoors during the heat of the Saudi summer.)

Of course, for those people following Ayurvedic traditions, milk does play a part and this is just another one of those times when I encourage you to do your own research, and question what works for your own bodies and your family’s.

I’d love to hear your experiences with dairy, and cow’s milk. Have you eliminated it from you or your children’s diet completely? Have you found a raw and organic dairy that you are happy consuming? Please comment below!

9 comments on “6 Reasons Why We Don’t Do Cow’s Milk

  1. Thank you Robyn for posting this – my nearly 2yo is slowly weaning himself from breastmilk but I'm a bit reluctant to let him fully wean as the nutritional benefits are still excellent for him, even into the 2nd and 3rd year. We don't have dairy either, so I like your ideas for meeting the calcium requirements (and totally agree about what you have said about cows milk – such a common myth that cows milk is the "best" source for calcium!).

  2. I love cheese! However, in my quest to loose weight and become healthy & happy (I went mostly raw vegan) I only ate cheese a treat if we went out. I realised after cutting cheese & dairy from my daily diet that dairy products were giving me constant post nasal drip and regular sinusitis. I still love cheese, but I know what I'm in for when I do eat it. Switching to raw vegan has made a huge improvement to my health.

  3. Hiya, very interesting article. Living in UK, this whole milk business was something new for me. I'm coming from Slovakia, when as child I could go to field and milk cow. I started to read about milk as an allergen, food intolerant, lactose intolerant and so on.. At the moment I'm working as a nanny and maternity nurse in London and what people give to children is very sad sometimes. (Yes, some do give fat free milk after first year)
    Milk nowadays can't be called milk any more! It's pateruse, homogenised and standardised. On top of it is so called full fat, semi-skinny, skinny and 2% of fat. Hey, where's gone nutritions from fat?? Now its only puss sometimes with added chemicals. Cows now are hormone fed on different kinds of rubbish u wouldn't let enemy near to it! Full of antibiotics and other chemicals. Doesn't matter if it is organic milk or no anymore. Lately it's only company label, and who's more in adverts or popular 'organic' places. Plus, mostly in here it's from cow, introduced to country in 50s, which is known to produce loads of milk. Unfortunately it carries a special protein we can't digest. (Loads to do as well with food modern society eats now!!!)
    Luckily there are small farms where you can buy raw milk from. Cows, goats or ewes are grass and hay fed there and farmers know each of his animal by name and personality.
    My late grandma, lived till 92 and all her life was on milk, almost until she died (2-3 weeks before she stopped eating everything). Funny enough her main food would be cup of milk with loads of sugar and pieces of bread in it. (Our bread is different from most of the countries as it is fermented and it can contain some vegetables as well). However, there is only one farm she would drink milk from! If we got her milk from different one, she would smell and taste it and tell us politely, she's not thirsty or hungry. Her way if saying its not a proper milk.
    Me personally, im reacting to milk from stores but I'm fine with raw milk so when I have quiet week I tend to buy raw milk from grass fed cows or goats from selected farms.

  4. The problem with milk is not the milk itself by the modern ways of processing milk – pasterization and homogenization. Let alone the fact how cows are raised and fed. Raw milk from pastered cows is a super food.

      • Unfortunately in my experience casien is a problem for sensitive individuals irrespective of the milk it comes from. I was deeply saddened to discover that Raw milk sends him crazy just like supermarket crap. I now understand that these kids are missing the enzyme that completely breaks down/digests the milk .
        THe partial breakdown of casien

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