This United Press International wire story pretty much sums up the party line when it comes to raw milk. Hey, could raw milk be why the United States has an infant mortality rate (6.5) between that of Cuba (6.45) and Croatia (6.96)? Canada, where raw milk is banned (and therefore, where nobody drinks it, right?) has a much lower infant mortality rate of 4.82.
“ITHACA, N.Y., Nov. 19 (UPI) — Unpasteurized “raw” milk provides a potential breeding ground for bacteria such as E. coli, Listeria, Campylobacter and Salmonella, U.S. researchers warn.
Ynte Schukken, professor of epidemiology and herd health at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, N.Y., and co-author Alejandra Latorre, a graduate student, produced a comprehensive map showing which populations were most at risk when buying from various sources.
The researchers analyzed risk across various purchasing methods including buying from a farm’s on-site store, directly from its bulk tank or from a third-party retailer. Continue reading
Now if that isn’t an acknowledgement that you usually DO lose nutrients when pasteurizing, I don’t know what is. From the front page of today’s Toronto Star, from a story titled “Donor breast milk is greatest gift for sick babies“, or, in the print edition “I am forever grateful”:
Toronto Star photo via parentcentral.ca
“When Melissa Amer dreamed of motherhood, she always pictured herself breastfeeding.
But after daughters Billie and Isabella were born at 30 weeks, doctors at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre whisked the tiny babies away and hooked them up to tubes and machines. Their first food, a bag of liquid nutrients, was delivered by IV. Continue reading
A brief report and a couple of photos, courtesy of Gordon Watson, of Our Cows cowshare in Chilliwack, B.C. (formerly “Home on the Range”):
Raw milk fed babies with their cowshare mothers in British Columbia
This (above) is a photo which personalizes “why we do what we do” — beautiful milk-fed babies and their happy moms in the Sapperton Hall, as cowshare members met our new Agister. Continue reading
Curiously, in this public service announcement to promote breastfeeding, they don’t even mention the “raw is healthier” factor, but hey, isn’t that one reason why it’s important to breastfeed your baby: