Monday, June 3, 2013

Raw Milk

Now that we have milk from our goat and we are consuming it raw. I have questions. Do my fellow goat milkers drink their milk raw or do you pasteurize it? When I look on the internet the main opposition to the public drinking raw milk is the CDC, FDA, basically the government. Which I don't think they are all that concerned about the populations health so much as making money. My only concern with drinking milk raw is my little one. She had a very low immune system for most of her life and is finally healthy so I don't want to make her sick again by unintentionally giving her something "bad". She is also lactose intolerant, is borderline asthmatic and loves milk. She had cereal yesterday and then a glass of milk with graham crackers and hasn't gotten boogery or complained about stomach issues yet so as of right now I'd say so far so good on the raw business. But I'm still curious how do you drink your milk?

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  1. Hey Kelly, Just to let you know Raw Goats Milk does have some side effects.
    I never had cows milk until I was way up in my teens and I did not like it. All of us were raised on Raw Goats Milk. It is what we made our cheese and butter out of as well. The one side effect I have seen is that it makes you Fat. Yes fat. I was a skinny kid once and then I started liking milk. That is the only reason I can come up why I am fat, it's the goats milk. I blame it on mom.

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    1. LOL!!! Sounds like mamma just fed you really well ;)

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  2. From what I have read, the pasturization process kills good bacteria that help our bodies digest milk in general. As you may know, we just made the switch to raw cow's milk. Just keep in mind that people have been drinking milk for a loooong time and it wasn't until recent generations did they start tampering with it and then the milk allergies and protien digestion problems start happening. Since I have added dairy into my diet after not having it for over a year, I have noticed a few pounds in weight gain however I've adjusted the amounts in other foods that I eat and that stopped it. I think it's great that your little one can handle goat's milks and that you are successfully providing it out of your own backyard!:)

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    1. She is lovin' the goats milk! I feel like it's way better for us than the yucky milk at the store! It was empowering not buying milk from the store. I guess the "change" is what's making me nervous.

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  3. Lord Knows I have no goats, and can't help. But, I will say that if it doesnt kill or hurt the baby goats who suckle off mom then why would it hurt us?

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    1. You might be on to something! He's still alive and thriving ☺ He's also getting a nice little belly which would go with what MDR said about it making you fat LOL!!!!

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  4. We drink our goats milk raw. As another commenter stated pasturizing it kills all the good stuff, which is why most people drink milk raw to begin with...to get the benefits. We use our goats milk just like we do cows milk, which we also drink in its raw state. I will say I made some goat cheese, we did not like it at all, but the milk is awesome!

    Are you still letting your goat kid eat from its mama? You mentioned the amount of milk you are getting in another post and I was curious if the kid is still nursing...I have a mini mixed breed and I am getting right at a 1/2 gallon a day...

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    1. The little man is still nursing. I don't separate them at all. When he was younger I would get 1/2 gallon/day. He's drinking more now but the amount we get is enough for our family's milk needs. I hope it stays the same as he grows ☺

      I had read and thought raw milk was better for you and if the government thinks it's bad then it's probably really good for you LOL!!! It's just new to me and I'm just a little nervous :)

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    2. I figured you were still letting the little one nurse just because nubians give a large amount of milk...Like you we are definitly meeting our needs...Actually we are more than meeting our needs and I have about 5 gallons frozen and we are sharing with folks at our church...I say as long as you are meeting your families requirements you are doing great!!

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  5. Raw all the way....If you have cleaned the udder, your milking utensils are cleaned and sterilized and you cool the milk down quickly, your little girl will thrive on the stuff! It will also be a boost to her immune system. Goat milk is just about a perfect food.

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    1. Thank you Mamma Bear, it took me a few weeks to feel comfortable with drinking the milk since I wasn't sure I was handling it right. Now I'm pretty confident that it's all good and I hope it does boost her immune system ☺

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  6. Absolutely raw! Your little one will have an easier time digesting it that way too. Pasteurization kills all the enzymes that helps people digest milk. That's part of the reason there are so many "lactose intolerant" people out there.

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    1. Oh, and nobody in our family has put on weight since making the switch from 2% to raw goat.

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    2. I have read that she could actually get over her asthma from switching. She is my biggest milk drinker and loves the goats milk, which is a shocker because she won't eat eggs now since they come out of a chickens butt LOL!!!!

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  7. I haven't started drinking the goats' milk yet. I'm looking forward to it next year. However, I've been reading up and everything I have read suggests that the goats milk will be, as the others have said, easier to digest and should'nt cause any sinus-related problems. I have heard argument that's it's even healthier for people than raw cow's milk, not that raw cow's milk is bad. I can't wait for our ladies to breed this fall so we can dive into the fresh milk next spring!

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    1. I've only read good things too. The day I took away the option of store bought milk brought on my anxiety. So far so good though ☺
      You will love having your own milk!

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