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.
- Dairy has been proven to be linked to tumour growth (especially testicular cancer in men aged 20-39 and breast cancer)
- Countries where dairy consumption is lowest, they also appear to have the lowest incidence of cancer and other disease
- 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
- Milk is connected to so many allergies and asthma (the body can view milk from another species as an attacker or allergen).
- Dairy can mess with hormones
- Links to diabetes
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!