Is Raw Milk Safe for Babies?

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By Sally Fallon Morell

The biggest concern parents have about making homemade formula is that it is based on raw milk which, according to medical orthodoxy, is a source of contamination and disease. The only possible way to protect our children, they say, is to be sure the milk is pasteurized.

The chart shown in the article Reported Outbreaks of Food Borne Illness was drawn up for a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors vote on permitting raw milk in the County. (The vote was favorable, by the way, and raw milk is once again available in Los Angeles.) Except for a brief hiatus in 1990, raw milk has always been for sale commercially in California, usually in health food stores, although I can remember a period when it was even sold in grocery stores. Millions of people consumed commercial raw milk during that period and although the health department kept an eagle eye open for any possible evidence of harm, not a single incidence was reported. During the same period, there were many instances of contamination in pasteurized milk, some of which resulted in death. There have also been many instances of contamination of other foods, including baby formula. In fact, if we withdrew from the market every food type responsible for a case of food poisoning, there would be virtually nothing left to eat. But only raw milk has been singled out for general removal from the food supply.

Both raw and pasteurized milk harbor bacteria but the bacteria in raw milk is the healthy bacteria of lactic-acid fermentation while the bacteria in pasteurized milk is the bacteria of spoilage. And the overall bacteria count of milk produced under clean conditions is much lower than that of pasteurized milk. Both raw and pasteurized milk contain E. coli, normally a benign microorganism. The most likely source of the new strains of virulent E. coli is genetically engineered soy, fed to cows in large commercial dairies. If there is any type of milk likely to harbor these virulent breeds, it is commercial pasteurized milk.

Back in the days when scientists at our universities did real research, they compared the health of children fed raw or pasteurized milk. Children fed raw milk have more resistance to TB, scurvy, flu, diphtheria, pneumonia, asthma, allergic skin problems and tooth decay. In addition, their growth and calcium absorption was superior. (See: Abstracts on the Effect of Pasteurization on the Nutritional Value of Milk.)

Of course, as with all foods, raw milk must come from healthy cows and be carefully handled and stored. The same technology that we use to pasteurize our milk also allows us to keep raw milk fresh and clean. If you are buying directly from a farmer, be sure that the cows are mostly on pasture and that the barn is kept clean. The milk should go directly from the milking machine into a stainless steel tank or clean containers and be kept chilled. It should be used within a period of one week, after which it will begin to go sour (although it is not dangerous when it does so). With these precautions, raw milk is not only healthy but a safe food for all members of the family, even babies.

To find raw milk in your area, use our Real Milk Finder or contact your local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

This article appeared in the Fall 2001 edition of Wise Traditions, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation. 

Sally Fallon Morell

Sally Fallon Morell is the author of Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats (with Mary G. Enig, PhD), a well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods with a startling message: Animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. She joined forces with Enig again to write Eat Fat, Lose Fat, and has authored numerous articles on the subject of diet and health. The President of the Weston A. Price Foundation and founder of A Campaign for Real Milk, Sally is also a journalist, chef, nutrition researcher, homemaker, and community activist. Her four healthy children were raised on whole foods including butter, cream, eggs and meat.

108 thoughts on “Is Raw Milk Safe for Babies?

  1. Hi Sally.
    I have an almost 3 month old who is exclusively breastfed and has been doing super well until now and is around 16lbs. In the last 2 weeks he has started to drink less and less as my letdown are way too fast he gets frustrated and won’t take the breast. I’m trying to teach him to drink my pimped milk via bottle which is still ongoing learning. His weight gain has slowed down considerably.

    I’m trying to stop breastfeeding completely as it’s just causing lots.of anger for him.
    Would like.to pump and give him my breastmilk via bottle and have been thinking of giving him raw goat milk.

    If.i was to give raw goat milk how do I do that. Boil.. etc.
    Mix goat.milk with my.milk. Eventually would just go to giving him solely goat.milk.
    Appreciate your advice.
    Dona

  2. Hi Sally,
    I’m hoping you can help me…
    I’m so frustrated at the moment with my daughters eczema. She is 14 months old, breastfed since birth (still breastfeeding now 3-4 times per day), she has been on solids since 5 months old of egg yolks, liver, some meats, fruits, cooked veggies and at one year old I started giving her properly prepared soaked oats with raw butter and coconut oil. Also, I give her 1tsp fermented cod liver oil and a probiotic daily recommended by her doctor who is a naturopath. The probiotic is because I am still worried the IV antibiotics she received at birth due to meconium aspiration syndrome greatly damaged her gut . Also, I give her Organic Pastures raw milk. I am driving myself crazy trying to pin point what has been causing her most recent eczema flare up( it covers her entire torso, back, arms and front and backs of her legs). Of course people around me say “she’s probably allergic to dairy” but I have a hard time believing that because she’s unvaccinated and all the information I’ve seen on dairy allergies suggests dairy intolerances come from vaccines. My fear is that her gut was damaged so much from those IV antibiotics that she has leaky gut and this is sensitive to even raw dairy. I suspect she also inherited a poor gut microbiome from me from the start since I have had eczema since childhood and extreme gut dysbiosis. It’s difficult to bifurcate genetic factors from insults to her gut because she has both. Our naturopath suggested we give some unda numbers as a liver cleanse and homeopathic sulfur but those don’t seem to be helping. I want to know what’s causing the bad eczema flare but I don’t want to withhold nutrient dense foods like raw dairy unless I know for sure…. Any advice would be much appreciated

    • From Sally Fallon Morell: These rashes in children can be so frustrating! And irritating for the child. There are never any easy answers for skin problems but I certainly wouldn’t stop the raw milk. You might, however, try Claravale milk instead of Organic Pastures and see whether that makes a difference.

      Zinc is said to be helpful. Oyster Max desiccated oyster is a good product and you could open a capsule or two and put in her food. I had a rash on the back of my arms clear up when I started taking this product.

      Topically you might try Walkabout Emu Oil, or chickweed salve (you can get Amish chickweed salve on Amazon). Baking soda/Epsom salts baths might also be helpful.

      Please let me know what happens. Sally

  3. I have a question about raw cow’s colostrum. I know a lady whose milk supply dried up and her 6 month old is on formula now. We milk Jersey cows and have a lot of frozen, raw colostrum. Would that be a healthy replacement for the baby’s formula?

  4. Hi sally! I’ve been feeding my baby similac advance formula until up to 9 months my boyfriend thinks it’s best to give him raw milk… will he be fine to start drinking whole raw milk and some raw cream ..?

  5. My son is 7 months old. I’ve recently had to start supplementing formula with the nursing due to losing milk production, and may have to drop nursing altogether. I’d rather like to avoid continuing with the commercial formula, so I’ve been looking into the raw milk option. I’ve heard of holle or hipp formula, as an option, but we can’t afford to go that route right now. Can I give him straight raw milk now, or is it recommended that I use the recipe given to make formula with it?

    • Sally Fallon Morell responds: Yes, you can go to raw milk, although I would dilute it a bit with water and continue the nursing. at 8-9 months, baby can go on straight raw milk. Of course, mom should be feeding him pureed liver and egg yolk, as per the instructions in The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care.

  6. Hi Sally! My little one is now 9 1/4 months old, she drinks Holle goat milk formula and has been eating a whole runny egg yolk with zero problems since 4-6 months old. I’m wondering what age is appropriate to switch to just plain organic whole raw milk and drop the formula?

  7. Thank you very much for making all this info available and answering questions! I need to have two wisdom teeth pulled which will include taking antibiotics and pain meds for a time. My daughter is 8 months. She’s breastfeeding still every 3 or 4 hrs and eating usually once a day including duck egg yolk and Chicken liver, meat, veg etc. I was wondering about Switching her to raw carabao (water buffalo) milk the week I’m taking meds to avoid passing her the meds through breastfeeding. And I would still pump and dump asI would want to keep nursing after this week. Does that seem reasonable? Should I slowly intro the milk mixed with breast milk or water? Also a separate question do you think carabao cheese made in a double boiler with salt and then vinegar might be ok to introduce ? It’s not raw because it’s heated? Thanks.

  8. Hi Sally,
    A question off topic but I would greatly appreciate your advice. Will I get the same benefits in taking high vitamin fermented cod liver oil via spoon with the butter oil capsules as would be if I was taking the single product which has both from green pasture? Also, as for my baby… She is almost 8 months old and I giver her 1/2 tsp daily of the fclo….Im still nursing but do serve her purées made with butter very often. Is it still necessary for me to give her the butter oil product with her cod liver oil if she’s getting plenty of butter in her diet?

  9. So I got married last October to a dairy farmer. I have drank raw milk since and I was fine. However, I am now two months pregnant and scared to drink raw milk because of all the “bacteria” that could harm the baby that is in raw milk. Am I okay to drink it and breast feed when the time comes ? How do I know if it is harming the baby …. ?

    • Sally Fallon Morell responds: Absolutely, we highly recommend 2 large glasses of raw whole milk daily for pregnant women–it will help you have a healthy baby and stay healthy during your pregnancy .The only pathogen to fear during pregnancy is listeria, and there are no–zero–reports of anyone getting listeria from raw milk. The foods that you need to avoid while pregnant (as potentially harboring listeria) are luncheon meats and soft cheese (including those made from pasteurized milk.)

  10. I started giving my 4-month old the cow’s milk homemade formula.
    I am watching his reaction to the formula and the one thing I have noticed is that he keeps rubbing his eyes and is overall more restless.
    I now wonder if his behavior could be attributed to the formula.
    What if the milk was contaminated with listeria, for example?
    The farm that sells the milk all over the state claims their milk production operation is inspected monthly. Despite this fact, I can’t stop thinking the worst.
    What normal adverse reactions have babies exhibited after having been switched to the homemade formula?
    Should I stop giving my son this formula? Your advice is appreciated.

    • Sally Fallon Morell says: There is no danger of getting listeria from raw milk–there has never been a recorded case. Give your son a few more days to see whether his restlessness settles down. However, usually the raw milk formula makes the babies more active.

      • since birth, my four month old has been receiving about 70% of her nutrition from breast milk (from the breast and pumped). I hate using commercial formula for 1 or 2 feedings per day (even the “organic” ones). I’ve been adding 1/4 tsp of rosita extra virgin cod liver oil to the formula bottle every day. Past few weeks Ive been making her one 6oz bottle which consists of 4oz formula, 2 oz raw milk and 1/4 tap cod liver oil. I’m now wondering if since most of her nutrition comes from breast milk am I ok to drop the formula completely for that daily bottle and give her 4oz whole raw milk diluted with 1 oz filtered water and the cod liver oil? This is only to top her off since I don’t produce all of what she needs.

          • She will be four months old tomorrow. Her last weigh in was Feb 19th and she was 12 lbs, so that would be 5 weeks ago. I’m only guessing, but she should be at least 13 lbs or so by now.

          • I also forgot to mention that in her daily bottle I put her probiotic (HMF Baby for breastfed babies). So to recap, she’s 4 months old, approximately 13-14 lbs, and all feedings are breast milk except one feeding a day which is 4oz formula, 2oz whole raw milk, 1/4 tsp extra virgin cod liver oil and one scoop of her probiotic. May I drop the formula completely and have that one feeding be the raw milk, cod liver oil and probiotic only? If so, what ratio should I use of diluting it with water if that’s what you’d recommend. Your guidance would be much appreciated

      • I recently switched my baby to raw milk diluted 1:1 and she has stopped napping…
        She was such a great napper.. Now will not nap
        Baby is 6month old.. Waigns around 19pounds…..
        Was previously on formula… Now on raw milk with one tea spoon cod liver oil and egg yolk daily…
        Are we doing something wrong?
        Please advise

  11. Hi there,
    My exclusively breastfed infant was diagnosed with cows milk protein intolerance at 2 months old. I have never consumed raw dairy, but had acresa to low pasteurized grass fed milk and cream, in addition to kefir and yogurt. I’m really missing having milk in my diet and wondering if I should give raw milk a try to see if she reacts? Would it matter considering casein is the culprit? What about introduction to yogurt and milk products when she’s old enough? Curious about your thoughts, or if you have any experience with Cows milk protein intolerance. Thanks!

  12. Hello Mrs. Fallon,

    I have a six-month-old son, born at 39 weeks, who has always weighed in the low normal range. I breast-fed him until he was 3.5 months old when I tragically had to stop as I understood that indeed the stress hormones were passing into my milk and ruining his ability to be calm and sleep. Since my husband and I needed to reduce the stress in our lives, making the homemade formula was out of the question (eg, we live in France). We use Holle and HiPP.

    Soon after, I began putting some runny egg yolk from a briefly boiled egg into a bottle about once a day. At that time he began vomiting his bottles often, whether there was egg yolk or not (before, he had vomited only rarely, and when breastfeeding, never, despite my oversupply). I wondered if I triggered a chronic reaction from perhaps putting too much yolk; he was not sick. Anyway, now after a pause I’m doing it again and usually it’s going well, but I’ve noticed that his poop afterwards is a bright orange. Does that mean that he is not digesting it?

    I’ve tried giving him tiny bits of banana, cantalope, cooked carrot, Oriental/Japanese purple sweet potato (there’s a WAPF article that says sweet potato can be given at 6 months?), and today a bit of cooked beef liver. He doesn’t seem to really like anything. He swallows some, spits some out. I saw the carrot undigested in his poop! Does it have to be totally puréed?

    Since a couple weeks I’ve also been putting about an ounce of raw milk in a couple bottles a day. I noticed him sometimes having loud flatulence, which is rare, so I stopped for a couple days, only adding some of the raw cream, and it ceased. Do you think he’s having trouble digesting it? I didn’t dilute it since I put it with his formula.

    What do you recommend from here? He was sleeping up to 12 hours at night and has dropped down to around 9-10, so I think he needs to eat more (and he drinks at least 32 oz a day), but apart from putting the egg yolk into his bottle, getting the extra calories is feels impossible… And he has a sleep dept (always rubbing his eyes), so I can’t spend hours spoon-feeding him.

    • Sally Fallon Morell replies: Yes, I think the main thing is that your son needs more nourishment. How old is he now?
      First, I would definitely transition to raw whole milk–really the best thing for him. The flatulence is just his gut getting used to it. You may want to add a little water at first. Give the soft egg yolk with a small spoon. Be sure to add a little salt. Just a little at a time. Also, he needs pureed liver–chicken or duck. Should be a really smooth puree of cooked liver–add some salt and a little butter and broth or water. Should be quite runny at first. Start slow and build up. Then you can give some mashed banana with a little cream and again, salt. He will love this!

      The main thing is that the foods should all be soft and smooth. Start slowly with each one. If he is on raw milk, he will be getting good nourishment as you build up with the other foods. None of the formulas are good, not even the European organic ones.

  13. I have menorrhagia and the treatments will no longer allow me to breastfeed, my son is 9 months old, he eats about 3 to 4 oz of solid food a day and breastmilk the rest of the time, can I switch him to raw cows milk right away or will i have to slowly introduce it to him ?

  14. Hi Sally,

    Have given my older children raw milk when I can, and now have a baby with Down Syndrome and had open heart surgery 9 months ago, she is 1 year now. I am just looking for some reassurance really that raw milk will be fine to start feeding her now?

  15. My 10 month has been on raw goat milk since 2 months old. Always diluted it. Recently switched over to raw cow milk. Do I still need to dilute it?

  16. Hi my daughter is 3 weeks old she recently lost a lot of weight and we had to put her on formula due to not having enough milk for her. Can I use these raw milk formula recipe on my 3 week old daughter?

  17. My daughter is 5 months old, and we’ve breastfed and formula fed her since she was born. I hate the formula, but no matter what I do I can’t get my milk supply up enough to feed her. Now especially my milk is dwindling and she is not getting enough from me at all, maybe 1-2 ounces at most. She eats some solid foods, would it be safe for me to give her just raw milk, or should I go ahead and make the whole formula?

    • Sally Fallon Morell responds: You can give her whole raw milk, diluted just a bit with filtered water and the cod liver oil added. In another month or two, you will not need to dilute (but still add the cod liver oil).

  18. Hi, my little girl is nine months old and I have noticed that my milk supply is decreasing. I was going to see if you all would recommend mixing the breastmilk I’m still able to produce with some raw cow milk, just so my little one is getting what she needs. She’s been pretty consitpated since I’ve started her on solids, and I thought it might be due to not getting enough milk from me.

    • Sally Fallon Morell responds: Yes, you can mix them, and when she is weaned from breast milk, you can just give her whole raw milk. As for solids, follow the recommendations in my book The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care.

  19. Hi there. I’m looking into the raw milk formula. I breast feed but she is often still hungry afterwards. Hubby and I have a little farm. We have two jersey cows in milk they have a2 milk it’s good! However he is from Mexico and his momma says they can get parasites from the cows or goats milk if not boiled. Can you give me info on this to reassure my hubby. We also have a few goats in milk. What do you prefer the raw cow or raw goats formula ? I saw something about testing that’s can be performed on the milk. Any information on how we could get testing done on our milk ?

    • A reply from Weston A. Price Foundation President Sally Fallon Morell:

      I have never heard of anyone getting parasites from raw milk!! Probably cows milk is better. If you want to test for coliform, you can get the 3M coliform petri films. You will also need a small incubator. But really, if the cow is eating grass and the milking is done is a clean way, it should be fine.

  20. I introduced my 12 month old to raw goat milk. I mixed very little. 1 tsp to 1 oz breadtmilk. First day fine. Second day I added 2 teaspoon. A lot later that night after 2 am she vomited in her bed. Should I stop? The only other time she has ever thrown up is when I offered her egg yolk st 6 months. She vomited violently for 45 min. Thank goodness for Weston member joette Calbrese for knowledge of homropathic that I got her to stop. She has not had egg yolk since then. Not sure if it was not cooked enough and her stomach couldn’t handle it or if its an allergy. Now I have this milk issue. My farmer does cow yogurt but they bring it to boil first yo get it thick like yogurt. They don’t have extra cow milk now for me to try but did have goat milk. They do no grains for cow or goat. I thought goat was easier to digest.

    • Sally Fallon Morell replies: For some babies, goat milk IS easier to digest. Is baby getting any other food? At 12 months, baby should be eating a variety of foods, including eggs and raw milk. I think you need a holistic practitioner to guide you on this–the vomiting could be a general thing to all foods, not just specific foods.

      • Dear Sally, could you advise me please how much raw milk 11 month old baby should be drinking? Also, I’m giving her a bit of kefir, curd, cheese and yogurt .. but I’m not sure how much dairy products she should receive as they’re growing..
        Also, I’m giving her every day a small tea spoon of Alaska Salmon roe, would think that the cod liver oil is better? Also, it’s ok for toddlers to eat eggs every day? Sorry to be a pain, is just I’m really against the grains, which I’m trying to limit to my toddler, instead I’m giving her animals protein, fats a bit of fruits and vegetables. What’s your opinion? Is grains and products from the grains are important for toddlers? Your opinion is Much appreciated thank you

        • Sally responds: It sounds like what you are doing is good–some raw milk after meals in a bottle and before bed is fine. One egg yolk with salt every day. You can do roe or cod liver oil. I do think at one year you should start introducing grains–soaked and cooked oatmeal or genuine sourdough bread.

  21. My daughter is 3 months and I would like to breastfeed and give her the homemade formula. I’m not sure how long I can keep up with breastfeeding, but I was wondering if you recommend to do the full recipe for formula? Cannot decide whether to give her raw cow s milk or goats milk. If we decide goats milk is what she tolerates best, do I need to put the dessicated liver in her formula given that she will be getting breastmilk too?

  22. My milk supply is struggling and my exclusively breastfed five month old’s weight is stagnant. I’d like to maintain what milk supply I do have and nurse as long as I can, but I would also like to supplement with raw milk. Can I supplement with just raw milk (with additional cream) or do I need to make the raw milk formula at this age? I wish I didn’t have to buy all of the extra ingredients if not necessary.

    • Sally Fallon Morell replies:

      Typically we say to wait until baby is about 9 months old and doing well before we suggest transitioning to just raw milk. But if you are also nursing, it might be OK. Add the extra cream and dilute with a little water. Probably would also be good to give baby cod liver oil, either in the milk or separately (use an eye dropper or syringe.) And at 5 months, you can start with solid food, namely egg yolks and pureed liver.

  23. For a 8 1/2 old baby needing to gain more weight could put 3 cups of raw milk and 1 cup water and all other ingredients minus yeast, sunflower oil ?
    Thank you,
    Adriana

    • Sally Fallon Morell replies: Probably you can just do the raw milk without additives except for possibly extra cream. At 8.5 months, baby need to be eating a variety of solid foods, including egg yolks and pureed liver.

  24. My baby is 9 months and I ran out of my breast milk. I nursed him up until now. I started him on fresh goats milk and am adding vitamins and giving him DHA daily. Anyone ever take it given their babies goats milk ? I give him meyenbergs goats milk. He seems to be doing well.

  25. I’m researching the safety of raw milk. I understand the health benefits but also want to be sure of what risks are involved as well. I’m considering feeding my 1 year old raw goat or sheeps milk as it is proven to be more digestible. I ran across this article though which is eye opening and I’m not sure the benefits outweigh the risk. I would love more information. I feel this is a very political matter on both sides. I just want the facts.

    http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2014/02/a-mom-and-a-dairymans-plea-dont-feed-children-raw-milk/

  26. Hi, I have an 11 1/2 month old that I am currently weaning off of formula, she was breastfed with supplementation up until 7 months. I really want to give her raw cow’s milk instead of the pasteurized whole milk her pediatrician suggests. However, I am deathly nervous because of the horror stories out there associated with young children and raw milk. I just recently started drinking raw milk myself and can’t imagine going back to pasteurized, let alone give it to my daughter, so I am extremely conflicted. I have been buying our milk from a small Amish store here in rural southern Illinois. They only have one cow and she is grass-fed and lives mostly out on the pasture (as far as I know). They do no testing of the milk or the cow, but they and all of their children drink the milk themselves. The women don’t seem to wear shoes, and walk barefoot throughout the store so that makes me uneasy about sanitation habits they might have. Though I have directly asked her if they strive to keep the milk clean and cool and clean the udders and she told me they do and she wouldn’t hesitate to give the milk to her 1 year old, but that their and children are used to the bacteria on the farm so it may be different. She says that the horror stories about raw milk come from inner city children who have sterile environments and guts and cannot handle the milk. I’m not exactly convinced that’s how it works, and I don’t want to take her word for it because they aren’t educated on the sciences of the milk and disease, but obviously they are doing something right because she says no one has been sick from their milk. This is obviously not a new practice to them. My question is, based on this information, do you think that it is safe milk source to give to my daughter. I feel like they do know what they are doing, I just need some reassurance from someone educated on the subject before I will feel comfortable giving it to my sweet girl, she is my whole world. I could never live with myself is something happened to her. Hoping for a reply soon!

    • Sally Fallon Morell replies: Actually, I don’t know of any horror stories involving raw milk and children–transitory illness, yes, but nothing proven that has been serious. Raw milk will protect your child from really life-threatening diseases like asthma. If you are nervous about this source, find another–there are many in Illinois. But by all means, give your baby raw whole milk, it is the best food for her optimal development–both mental and physical.

  27. I have an 8 month old baby exclusively breast fed on demand but eating finger food. Thinking to wean onto cows and goats milk at 12 months.is it ok to interchange with one day cows and one day goat and how much and how often should it be done?. Should I just wait for the baby signs like rooting at breast?

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  28. well, I apparently have messed up. Finding all the ingredients for the formula is over whelming & I don’t have any fresh liver yet & can’t bring myself to buy store bought.

    So 4 month old baby has been drinking formula since birth & cereal was added at 3 months because he was hungry all the time even though he was drinking 8 oz bottles.

    He’s a big boy.

    Can I undo all the gmo formula & cereal damage that I may have caused or do you think that he will be fine if I switch soon.

    Our family does drinks raw milk but I get free formula with WIC but I have huge convictions over this as I know store bought formula is junk.

  29. Hi! We have been giving our 6 1/2 month old the raw milk formula for about 2 weeks now and she has developed cream colored stools over the most two days. I have read this can mean too much cows milk… Are we doing something wrong?

  30. Hi, I have heard that raw milk needs to be boiled before giving to 1 year old babies. Is it true? Or is raw milk straight from the farm safe for the baby to drink?

  31. I’m planning to start giving my 15 month old child raw cow’s milk. She is eating pasteurized cows and goats milk and does well on it. How can I introduce raw cows milk? With what amount should I start per day? And how can I warm it up to keep all good bacteria in the milk? Should my daughter drink it cold?

  32. My exclusively breastfed baby is 6 months old. He is really interested in food and I have given him some sweet potato and avocado. We get raw greek yogurt, that is DELICIOUS, and he always wants some but I wasnt sure if it was safe since I’ve heard you should wait to give yogurt until at least one, is this true?

    • Sally Fallon Morell replies: Yogurt is fine to give, but mostly he needs animal foods like pureed liver, pureed meat and egg yolks.Sweet potato is not appropriate, as baby cannot convert the carotenes. Any vegetables you do give should be cooked, pureed and with butter or cream added. See The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care for more detailed instructions.

  33. My baby is 9.5 months old and I have been giving her a little straight raw cows milk for about a month. I also nurse part time and she eats some solid foods as well. Will she get enough nutrition if I give her the cows milk and wean from nursing? Planning to do that here in the next few weeks, if so. Thanks!

  34. It was recommended by the pediatrician to add a little cereal to my grandson’s milk. It was recommended at age 3 months. Yes, I know you think that’s too young…however, there is a reason. He has a severe case of GERD, and has projectile vomiting after nearly every feeding. Mom can’t breastfeed, so baby was switched to formula. He can NOT tolerate regular formula, he is not only having issues with GERD, but is also lactose intolerant, and quite possibly allergic to cows milk. The doctor prescribed Neocate formula. While it did help some, it was not a big fix. Baby still has projectile vomiting and was really not gaining weight or growing. I am not impressed with any formula that has corn syrup as it’s main ingredient, although it is better than nothing. I am completely against soy in any form, any amount. Anyway, the cereal was suggested because it thickens the formula, and is easier to keep down since it’s thicker than just formula. We did end up switching to raw goats milk, and he is able to keep that down 90% of the time. However, it looks like raw goats milk alone is not good enough? Low in folic acid and vitamin b12. I will not do the raw liver. The liver functions to detoxify the body. It seems rather odd to add raw liver(full of whatever it detoxified) to a baby’s diet. So what else can be done to ensure baby is meeting his nutritional needs?

    • Sally Fallon Morell replies: If he is keeping the goat milk down without the cereal, then don’t add the cereal. You need to make the formula as given in the recipe. You can add powdered liver (from Radiant Life) rather than fresh liver if you want. The liver supplies B12, which will help the GERD. And liver should be baby’s first food. Most traditional cultures gave liver as a first food to babies, and your grandson especially needs it. See my book The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care.

  35. Can I feed raw goats milk to a almost 4 week old baby? I have been strictly breastfeeding up until now, since I’m not making enough milk, I am having to supplement an am wondering the benefits an if I can even feed him goats milk.

  36. 5 months definitely IS way too young to give a baby cereal, no matter how hungry! Babies don’t produce enough amylase to digest grains, so by giving a baby cereal you are potentially damaging the gut and causing allergies such as eczema which won’t manifest till later.

  37. I have a 2 month old and my breast milk supply is running low, I was curious if it was safe to start feeding my two month old raw cow milk? I didn’t know if there was a certain age they had to be before you tried that

  38. My daughter just had a baby and is having trouble breastfeeding. They can’t afford all the ingredients in the homemade formula but really don’t want to use commercial formula. Could they try raw milk alone?

    • Sally Fallon Morell replies: I would use the ingredients for the first few months at least. The lactose and cod liver oil are the most important. Maybe this is something that Mom can purchase for her?? In any event, we have done estimates and the homemade formula with all the ingredients actually costs less than formula.

  39. My daughter is having trouble with milk production viabreast pump after she returned to work. My grandson doesnt do well on baby formula and had the hardest time with an organic variety. I am a raw milk drinker and big supporter myself. Is it okay for a 3 month old to consume the raw milk formula?

  40. I am beginning to wean my 14 month old from breast milk to raw goat milk. I ‘d like to know if it’s best to make the formula with the goat milk or is it good to give the raw goat milk diluted with either breast milk or water? I’ve read that goat milk is high in sodium and it caused death of a child because it wasn’t being diluted. Also can anyone recommend a good source of b12 and folic acid supplements. Goat milk is also low in these two things.

  41. Hi there. Have you got guidelines for the best way to milk in a sanitary/safe way? We have goats – we milk 2 of them currently. I wash their udders with a bleach/detergent mix (per Fiasco), into a sterlized (in the dishwasher), stainless steel milk bowl. That’s then transferred to a sterilized glass mason jar and when done, everything goes directly into the fridge. And if this is ok, is it safe enough for an infant to drink? Thanks so much.

    • Sally Fallon Morell replies: This sound fine although I would not wash the udders with bleach or detergent. Just rinse them with warm water, dry and then dip the teats in iodine teat dip. I would pour the milk through a strainer into the mason jars.

  42. At what actual age is it recommended to give straight raw milk? Cannot seem to find any specific age listing? Is it safe to assume just the 1 yr rule ?

  43. Hi my baby is 9 weeks old and needs to come off cows milk as it has flared up his eczema. I started him on shop brought goats milk semi skimmed I mix 3 ounces of milk with 1 ounce of water. Is this what I should be doing? Is shop brought pasteurised goats milk as good as raw farm brought goats milk? Am I supposed to mix the milk with water? And should I be buying full fat milk?

  44. I want to feed my baby raw milk formula, but I live in El Salvador and am a little uncertain about how to make sure the milk is safe. Does it matter if they give the cows an occasional vaccine? In the dry season, I believe they feed some kind of processed food to the cows, but for the most part they just graze. Is that okay? The people who own the cows are friends, so I can find out of they are clean about milking, but the cows really just pasture and I don’t think they even have barns. However, I do believe they use an injection every now and again. I will double check, but I am not sure what the conditions should be to make sure the milk is safe for my baby. Can you help me? My baby is 5months old and I am giving her the liver based formula right now, but I can only get dessicated liver since I can’t get organic here and I thought she might do well on the cow’s milk if I can get a safe source.

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