Organic or "regular" whole milk?

User - posted on 03/02/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My son just turned one and his doctor said it was time to switch him to whole milk, but it has to be organic. What do you think? How many of you only give your kids organic milk?

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Katie - posted on 03/02/2009

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Well first ask your doctor why he recommended organic - he must have his reasons. Among them may be the fact that in one study, scientists found that children who ate only organic food had 9 times lower levels of pesticide in their urine ( a pesticide that interferes with the nervous system no less).
I only buy organic milk b/c it is healthier. Yes, we grew up on "conventional" milk but if we have the opportunity to give our children something better, why not? (remember, most of our parents smoked too - would you smoke around your child?) Also, just to clear up any misconceptions, organic milk is available as whole, 2% and 1%, just like conventional.
I don't buy everything organic, but those that we consume alot of (of which milk is definitely one) and/or those that have a higher propensity to absorb pesticides or hormones (apples, peaches, berries) I will spend the extra money for.

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i only give my kids organic milk. for the reason that while all cows have hormones in the milk naturally (duh), the "regular" milk has the chemically altered hormones, i.e. steroids... that have been given to the cow to make it mature faster and grow faster so that it can produce faster. organic milk is from cows who have been allowed to grow the way that they are supposed to. slowly. and have been fed with chem. free grain. its more expensive by a buck or two, but all these chems. the regular cows are given have been linked to the earlier start of menstruation in girls. the steak, ground beef, even the chickens that are kept in huge warehouses and not allowed to free range. so of course i only use free range, organic, grain fed chicken and eggs. hope that helps without too much info.

Elly_dormouse - posted on 03/02/2009

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I buy organic milk because I think it tastes better than non-organic. I'm not sure there is much difference in the conditions the cows are kept in, maybe in the substances that are in the milk, I don't know. Taste is my main concern.

Nikki - posted on 03/02/2009

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I agree about buying organic milk.  My oldest son was not on organic milk because I was as educated about it as I am now and my daughter has been on all organic milk since she was 12 months and she's 28 months now.  My son also drinks organic now.  However, I don't buy organic from the store.  Another option if you are concerned about the cost of buying organic milk is to look into local milk.  I am fortunate to live in rural PA and we have a dairy that delivers milk once a week to my front door.  It's not "certified USDA" organic, but they do NOT use hormones in their cows and the cows are only given antibiodics when they are sick.  The milk is $2.50 a half gallon delivered to my door whereas organic milk in the grocery store is $3.50-$4.00 a half gallon.  I feel good about giving my children safe milk and for supporting the local farmers.  Just another idea for you to look into.

Angela - posted on 03/02/2009

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What you know is best for your child. I do organics for my 15 month old and always have. I have been doing quite a bit of reseach on organics for the past 2 years. I wouldnt care if I didnt have food for me as long as my daughter was getting organic food.



We may have not been fed organic and people say we are fine. But just wait until we are older and we start getting cancer and all sorts of other weird illnesses. The biggest is the dairy and meat. They are loaded with hormones. If you want a good read, read Seeds of Deception. I promise you wont want to eat nonorganics anymore. I hope this helps you.

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Erin - posted on 06/17/2011

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I give my 4 yr old daughter 50% organic milk monthly and that is only because she is on WIC and gets 4 gallons a month free.....I started doing this about a year ago and wish I had started it sooner. I wish I could give her only organic milk but the cost doesnt allow me to do that.

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We give our baby organic everything and buy as much organic as possible for ourselves. It's definitely the way to go if you want the healthiest option.

Angela - posted on 03/02/2009

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Quoting Nicole:



I have read up on all of the organic stuff and it is all the same in the end. I do think some do taste better like bananas. But if  i remember right I talked to a friend and she says it taste a little sweeter. I now that they say that the thing that are not organic are different but in the end they are the same. In both cases you have to wash it off really good.






It is not all the same in the end. They are injecting our cows so they will produce milk faster. In turn there utters get mastis and pus and when this happens you not only get the hormones but the pus. MMM thats good eating.



 



I found a website that may be of interest to you









  

its a list of foods that do not have gmo.

Sandra - posted on 03/02/2009

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I only give my son organic milk. There is a real change in the physiology of our children over the past 20 years because of the hormones in our foods. Girls are developing several years earlier, menstrating sooner and in general have bigger breasts. Growth hormones are too scary to play around with!

Nicole - posted on 03/02/2009

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I have read up on all of the organic stuff and it is all the same in the end. I do think some do taste better like bananas. But if  i remember right I talked to a friend and she says it taste a little sweeter. I now that they say that the thing that are not organic are different but in the end they are the same. In both cases you have to wash it off really good.

Amie - posted on 03/02/2009

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Mine don't get organic milk but they get other things certified organic or home grown which is even better in my eyes since I know for sure what I'm doing in my own garden. Which isn't much other than weed pulling and watering. LOL!

Elizabeth - posted on 03/02/2009

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It's a personal choice and also a budget issue as organic milk is a lot more expensive than regular milk. We can't afford to give our son all organic food so I pick and choose what I can give him as our budget allows. Dairy is one of those things that has a high level of chemials, hormones, antiobiotics, etc. in it. My son drinks only organic milk and also eats the organic Yo Baby yogurt. He doesn't really like cheese. I also buy him the Earth's Best snacks when possible. My son is actually on organic 2% because he is lactose intolerant and I couldn't find lactose free organic whole milk so he drinks lactose free organic 2%. He is 15 months and has been on milk since 12 months. I wish we could all eat 100% organic, but it's just not financially possible so we do what we can. I know people say oh well I didn't have organic milk when I was growing up and I'm fine, but there are so many more pesticides and chemicals in foods now that were not there a few decades ago. My doctor never actually said anything about organic.

Karina - posted on 03/02/2009

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Whole milk is the recommendation for most children under the age of two as they need the fat it provides. In regards to the organic question, some of the posts address the concerns well and if you can afford organic it is money well spent. To prioritize what to buy organic for long-term - anything you eat lots of or that has fat in it ( milk, meat, cheese, nuts, oils, ...) as most pesticides and hormones are fat soluble and are concentrated in the fats of the plant or animal. As far as produce avoid the "dirty dozen" www.foodnews.org has a list - it can change from year to year. The little ones are more susceptible to the chemicals/hormones since they eat alot in relation to their body weight/ and often alot of the same thing. There have been studies showing that children have much higher levels than adults and that those fed organic food had lower levels. However, for big picture long-term - A balanced diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes and lean meats is healthier even if it is all non-organic than a diet of organic boxed processed foods. Sounds like you have a forward thinking doctor.

Malinda - posted on 03/02/2009

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I agree with Katie and Jennifer. Organic milk is certainly more expensive (unfortunately), but if you can afford it I do feel that it provides better overall health for your child. Non-organic milk will certainly not kill your child, but it could put him at risk for hormonal imbalances and pestacide contamination that could have adverse long-term effects.



I wish *all* mothers had easy and inexpensive access to organic milk and other products!

User - posted on 03/02/2009

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It is the hormones and other chemicals the doctor is worried about. I have been feeding him Organic baby food so we will probably stick to Organic milk too but I was wondering what others were doing. I definitely feed my baby healthier food than I buy for my husband and myself. We don't usually get organics :)

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The doctor may have suggested organic milk because there is absolutely no risk of having any hormones in organic milk. Several people I know have children who started having pre-menstruation and a milk like substance coming from their nipples. The doctor recommended putting them on organic milk, and everything stopped! I do believe we get traces of hormones that the cows are given from their milk. Similar to moms who breastfeed cannot take certain medications because it is passed into the breastmilk and not good for the baby. Why would it be any different with cows? And who know what all they give the cows for their injections! I think that is why many girls are starting their menses earlier and earlier now... like 8, 9 and 10 years old. I know some people think it's just hoogwalsh but I'm not so sure after doing my own research. In the end, just do what you think is right and what works for your family. Maybe call the doc's office and ask his reasoning on why he advised for you to use the organic milk.

Kristal - posted on 03/02/2009

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I don't give my kids organic milk, I put my kids on 2% because that is what we were drinking at the time. Now I have my kids on 1%. Put your kids on what you feel is better, you don't always have to do what the doctor says. I hope this is helpful.

Vanessa - posted on 03/02/2009

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I have never heard that. We started introducing "regular" whole milk at about 11 months. Since the day of her first birthday, our daughter has been drinking regular whole milk without any issues. I am not sure why your Dr would suggest organic only.

Darla - posted on 03/02/2009

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Unless your sons has an allegry associated to "regular" milk I think it should be fine for him.  When we were kids our moms gave us regular milk and we all turned out just fine.  All the organic hype is fine if you truly belive in it, but millions of has have survived on the ol' regualr stuff for generations now! 

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