Hormones and processing chemicals aside, I have recently found that I have trouble drinking cow’s milk. In part, I think it’s because the big corporate milk places hook their cattle up to machines that do the milking. Being a new mom, I pump every night so that my husband can give Liam a bottle of my milk. That’s not comfortable! It’s WAY more comfortable to have Liam drinking it on his own. Matter of fact, if I were to pump all of Liam’s meals rather than feed him directly, I’d be more at risk for being engorged because the pump doesn’t have as strong a sucking power as a baby. On top of that, I can’t imagine having to lactate for the rest of my life. Liam turns 1 year in April, and I’m truly looking forward to when he’ll be done nursing. I feel sorry for the cows, knowing that they are hormone-induced to continue lactating for as long as the dairy needs.
I also know that in a mother’s milk, there are flavors from whatever she’s eaten in the previous 48 hours … I really don’t want grass (or worse!) in my milk. I realize that there’s a ton of processing that cow’s milk goes through before it’s ready for the market, but I still feel like you can’t possibly remove everything.
So, I’ve switched to soy milk and almond milk. I’ve tried both, and I think that the almond milk is far superior to the soy milk, I actually think I enjoy it more than I’ve ever enjoyed regular milk. So, I’ve made the switch, and cost be damned, I’m sticking with it!