M.B. asks from Chapel Hill, NC on August 12, 2006
Hormones in Cow's Milk
Hello fellow mamas,
My two small children have recently been significantly increasing their milk intake, and this has prompted me to seriously look into the issue of the effect on humans by hormones in cow's milk. I never really worried about it before, because my husband and I hardly drink milk at all (we're talking, *maybe* a gallon a week). But of course I want what's best for the little tykes, even if it means spending an extra $2-3 a gallon for organic.
The question is: what concrete information has anyone out there found about this? I'd love to hear what you all have found out, or any sources you could point me to. Also, what is the best deal on organic milk around Chapel Hill? :) Thanks!
So What Happened?™
Thanks for all the responses. I appreciate everyone's personal stories. I was hoping to get more links to solid evidence, but maybe it's hard to find. I'll keep looking and let ya'll know if I find anything! :)
B.H. answers from Lafayette on August 14, 2006
Good day M.,
My son is almost 2 years old and we use only organic milk. I don't know of any hard evidence, but we noticed that when we do "down grade" to traditonal milk, he is very moody and hyperactive. My son has been on organic for almost 6 mths. We drink to close to a 1/2 gallon a day, sometimes. We love milk! :) I hope this helps you. If you do find some hard evidence, can you please let me know. I would love to have the information. Have a great day!
T.P. answers from Charlotte on August 13, 2006
D.P. answers from Indianapolis on August 13, 2006
When I had to take a WIC class in TX, they never said anything about hormones in milk. They did say the best milk to drink was 2%. That's all I know.
T.R. answers from South Bend on August 15, 2006
I haven't tried organic yet but i wanted to add to a commnent below on the intake of milk. Our doctor told us that after a child reaches the age of 2 the milk intake should be cut down and limit to 3 sippie cups a day! I guess too much milk can make your child become iron deficiant. I would definitely ask your physician before making any changes!
K. answers from Charlotte on August 13, 2006
We only buy Organic milk as well. The nursery school does not feed our daughter organic, so it is part of her diet, but a smaller part by far. It's worth the expense.
G.R. answers from Fort Wayne on August 12, 2006
I like horizone the best, its taste better even.
I trust that they don't shoot up thier poor cows because they are realy under the microscope! someone would have ratted them out by now! also soy milk is a good option my kids love soymilk shakes because they are thicker, I realy do think that all teh crazy hormones is to blame for why our poor little girls are starting thier periods at like 9 years old! and other things
O.W. answers from Indianapolis on August 22, 2006
go to this website....you can find almost anything you may need and much more that will blow your mind!
M. answers from Louisville on August 13, 2006
We started giving my child Organic Milk because she has reflux....no problems since. The whole food market has great deals on the milk especially the 365 brand. It is more expensive than regular milk but it has helped us enormously. We try to buy some meat from there but it is so expensive. I eat organic as much as possible. My friend is a nutritionist and she said if you have to choose what to buy organic....buy the milk. Also using organic lessens the chances of getting certain types of cancer. What they do to those animals...and the pesticides are just awful. Now that walmart is carrying organic I suppose grocers are figuring out people are willing pay the extra buck for it.
J.R. answers from Louisville on August 13, 2006
One great source I have is a book called "Diet for a New America". A good friend of mine is a Naturopath in Florida and has also told me that the hormones, etc... in cow's milk is especially bad on female children and that this is one of the major causes in girls having breasts and menstruating so young due to all of the added hormones.
I personally spend the extra money on Organic milk for my family.My favorite brand is Nature's Valley - I much prefer the taste over Horizon and love the family company's philosophy and approach to organic farming.
I am the wife of Bennie, and mom of 2 girls Emma (2) and Ally (6 mo)and we just recently moved to Louisville, KY.