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.

121 thoughts on “Is Raw Milk Safe for Babies?

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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.)

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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 ?

  9. 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?

  10. 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?

  11. 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?

  12. 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).

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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?

  17. 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.

  18. 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,

    • 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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 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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  23. 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.

  24. 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?

  25. 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?

  26. 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?

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. 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?

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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 ?

  36. 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?

  37. 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.

  38. I have nursed my kid for 17 months. She has had yogurt, cheese since turning one years old. I recently weaned her off and began giving her raw cow’s milk.

    What I am curious to know, with your help, is is it normal for a child to develop a response to the cow’s milk? I assume its something new, new bacteria is being introduced, etc so naturally a response will happen, right?

    I am also pregnant now, and on most days I still nurse her once a day in the early mornings just before she wakes up. I see that I have diarrhea (early in the pregnancy, and normal for me as I had the same thing happen before) and her poop is quite runny with her food not entirely broken down.

    We are new to this diet, and to Weston Price Foundation.

    • Sally Fallon Morell replies: Yes, sometimes there can be a reaction to cows milk, or to goats milk. Often is passes as baby gets used to it. But your baby at 17 months should be eating lots of other foods, not just dairy foods. Egg yolks and now whole eggs, liver, meat, vegetables with butter, fruit, etc. Also, it would be best for your next child to wean your child so your body does not have the stress of producing milk and building another baby.

  39. I am a breadtfeeding mother of an 11 week old who has food sensitivity to egg, wheat, soy, and dairy. I know that raw milk is not processed so I was wondering if drink raw cows milk would he be sensitive to it as well?

    • Sally Fallon Morell replies: You will just have to try. Be sure the milk is full fat and from pastured cows. Start slowly–less than 1/4 cup, and build up. You should also be eating meat, liver, etc and hopefully you can tolerate butter.

  40. Hello, have a quick question for anyone that can help;
    I have just started feeding my 5 month old RAW Cow milk mixed with a teaspoon of cereal to add sweetness, I had been told by many different family members that it was the best switch–from breast milk– He now is having a bowel movement every time he eats it though…5 times today… Not sure if that is the change in diet or what but is this something I should worry about??

    • Response from Sally Fallon Morell: Five months is WAY to young to give cereal, and may account for the frequent bowel movements (although a bowel movement after each bottle of formula is normal). The milk should be sweetened with lactose, as per the formula recipe.–Sally

      • WIC still advises starting babies on rice cereal at 4-6 mos, but I was pleasantly surprised when my pediatrician recommended us NOT to use it. His recommendation was pureed vegetables, fruits, and meats. Perhaps mainstream medicine is beginning realizing how poor a recommendation starting babies on cereals is.

      • 5 months is certainly not “WAY too young,” every baby is different and some babies are too hungry to satisfy with just breast milk or formula by the time they are as young as 4 months

        • It certainly is if you know anything about what Sally is trying to do by her nourishing traditions whole foods for babies. Grains are not digested easily by baby until at least 1 year of age and only then after they have been properly prepared by soaking them. Bone broths, meat broths, soft boiled egg yolk are great at 4 months, not cereal.

          • 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.

      • 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.

  41. My grandson is seven months old, he has symptoms and allergic reactions to proteins in whey formula and soy formula. for a better life, are there any options for him.

  42. My baby is one year old now and has cow milk allergy. I have stopped feeding him all the dairy products and soy and animal protein on doctors advice since the baby is 7 months old. Now, can I start giving him raw buffalo milk ? Have given him pasteurized buffalo milk for 2 days and I didn’t see any chronic reactions. Pls advice.

  43. even if you put it in a formula is still going to be raw milk not to mention putting it in a formula only adds calories to the milk

    • I’m not quite sure of what you’re after here, but yes, the point of making a “raw milk formula” is that the milk in it is raw and remains raw, and we advocate that very strongly. Two, yes, likely the calorie total in the formula is higher than the total calories in an equivalent amount of raw milk alone. That’s not a problem.

  44. I really enjoy raw milk and have great friends who have cow shares. Can I give the raw milk to my 11 month old by itself? Does it have to be in a formula?

  45. If I have the option of buying raw milk from a small farmer who does not do any testing on their milk, is this too much of a risk? This farmer wants to start a cow share but it doesn’t sound like they will be doing any testing on their milk. Is this common? I want to be sure it is safe for my babies to drink but wasn’t sure if just making sure that the environment is clean where the cows are milked is enough.

    • I would pay a visit to the farm and take a look at the animals. Ask the farmers how they fed the cows, where does the cows’ food come from, how does they manage disease, how often do the cows get sick, etc. If I like the farm, I would feel comfortable drinking their milk. I would also try drinking the milk for a couple weeks to notice any effects in my body before feeding that milk to my baby.

  46. How many months old does a baby have to be to give them straight raw cow’s/goat’s milk? I saw the recipe for baby formula but my grandson is being breast fed but when my daughter is done, not sure when that will be, he’s 3 months now, I’d like her to start with raw milk for him. Thank you

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