Raw Milk for Healthy Babies and Children

For more information on raw milk for babies and children, visit these links:

Recipes for Whole Baby Foods Formula
Is Raw Milk Safe For Babies?
Homemade Baby Food Formula FAQ (on the Weston A. Price Foundation website)

By Sally Fallon Morell

MIRACULOUSLY HEALTHY: I love the stories I hear from our local goat farmer who sold raw goat milk to three generations of country folk. Mothers whose babies were sickly and the doctors couldn’t figure out what to do brought their babies to him as a last resort. The babies became “show and tell,” all fat and pink. One baby was on its death bed. The doctor said not to give it raw milk when the mother questioned him. They went to the goat farmer anyway. The baby was covered with pussy hives and dying. The farmer gave them the milk, but he was sure that this child was too far gone. When he didn’t hear back from the parents, he assumed the baby had died. One month later, they were back for more milk (they had bought a month’s supply and froze it) with a different child, or so he thought. Until they told him it was the same child–but miraculously healthy

HAPPY BABY: Our baby was fussy and unhappy on breast milk alone. When we began giving him a supplemental bottle of homemade baby formula based on raw whole milk, he was as happy as he could be.

PURE AND NATURAL GOODNESS: Our daughter was under five pounds at birth and the doctor said she’d be a very small and frail girl. After drinking nothing but raw milk since age one, she is now a picture of health, rarely ever sick. She just went for her four-year check up and the doctor was astonished at her growth and strength! Chalk another one up for the goodness God created! Pure and natural.

THRIVED AND THRIVED: After a year on homemade formula based on raw goat milk, my adopted baby has thrived, thrived, thrived. Thank you for making this information available for mothers of adopted children.

NO MORE ALLERGIES: My son has always been tiny. He was full term, but only weighed just over four pounds at birth. His growth rate had always remained below what it should be. At almost six years, he weighed only 32 pounds. He also had been on four different allergy medications. Two weeks after my finding a source of raw Jersey milk, he no longer needed any medicine. When I took him to the pediatrician, she wanted to know what I had done because he had gained four pounds and grown about one-and-one-half inches in a month.

INCREDIBLE GIFT: I want to acknowledge you for the incredible gift of life the Foundation is giving with your activism for raw milk. It has made an enormous positive change in our lives. My children were literally dying of giardia infection, with continual vomiting and diarrhea. Modern medicine had nothing to offer us. My kids had always reacted to goat’s milk. However, on a visit to a farm, they consumed very large quantities of goat milk fresh from the goat before I realized what they were doing. That was the turning point; today they are healthy and strong thanks to raw dairy products. Thank you for making a difference in so many people’s lives.

ONCE STARVING: My breast-fed baby was starving so I switched to baby formula made with whole raw milk. Not only did he make it to his first year, he is thriving. In fact, when my other children get sick, he does not.

SPECTACULAR RESULTS: With our first child we had every intention of breast-feeding her but through a series of bad nurses, the difficulty of nursing, fatigue of my wife and the stubbornness of my daughter to not breastfeed, we had to find an alternative. Lucky for us we had a good source of raw milk and the recipe for an alternative formula. The results were spectacular, bordering on unbelievable. She was never sick, slept through the night starting at about eight weeks, ate well and had a happy disposition.

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4 thoughts on “Raw Milk for Healthy Babies and Children

  1. I was also raised on raw cows milk. For several years I was able to get raw cows milk from a dairy that has since closed. I am interested in raw cow or goat milk near Montgomery, AL. I have two puny kittens who would thrive on it. Can anybody help??


  2. How can all of you sit on this site and act like any milk is better than breastmilk, raw human breastmilk? If there is an issue while feeding human breastmilk the answer should be to change the mother’s diet to include raw milks and a natural organic diet not to somehow condemn the breastmilk and switch from nature’s perfect food for human babies to another animal’s milk. While I do wholeheartedly agree that raw grassfed dairy is good for you I can’t believe this idea that it would be superior to human breastmilk!

    • Thank you JAS!! My thoughts exactly! Though a few situations may call for it, like inadequate glandular tissue (an extremely rare condition), or when the mother cannot avoid consuming some sort of pharmaceutical that may transfer to the milk, (or my unique, temporary situation which I’ll explain in a moment) I believe any child’s inability to thrive on breastmilk is a red flag to the mother to inspect what she is taking in (food, medications including herbs, body products, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, extreme stress, toxic environmental influence) before replacing any feedings with another animal’s milk. If a pediatrician tells you, “you ought to supplement with formula”, please consult a lactation consultant about your “latch”. A bad latch can cause pain, gastric issues, or poor supply. Many pediatricians are given kickbacks from formula companies to suggest this – also avoid their free samples. Breastmilk is produced on a supply and demand basis, so if you replace a feeding a day with anything – that’s that much less your body will think you need to produce in a day; thus a low milk supply can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. If supply is truly low use fenugreek or other aromatic seed teas to increase production. Or, nurse more frequently!
      I am speaking from experience. My first was born very early and could not get a “let down” for the first couple weeks. I had to pump all of my milk and feed it to her. As she began to catch on, my milk supply had begun to wane suddenly and drastically. My body wasn’t fooled by the pump! Luckily she began to nurse freely and I began to build my supply up, but in the meantime I supplemented with milk donated from other nursing mothers and raw goat milk combined with comfrey infusion.
      I certainly was thankful I was able to get my hands on raw milk, and still am whenever I can!

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