Post by friesianmilk on May 12, 2009 15:41:42 GMT -5
My DD is 16 months old and has been on cow's milk for 4 months now. Now that my cow is fresh we have been using the milk raw. DD sleeps with us as night and insists on waking several times during the night to have a drink of milk from a bottle (wasn't such a problem when we were still nursing...)
So I usually warm up a bottle of milk in the microwave before going to bed, set it on the nightstand and she usually drinks from it 2-4 times a night. The milk has been refrigerated before warming.
Hi, Katy. Your life sounds like mine! Our babies are even the same age. :-) My son gets a sippy cup of milk at bedtime but I don't warm it. He usually finishes it by 1am...and gets another at some point...then wets through his diaper! I change alot of sheets around here. :-) The milk may clabber a bit, but that just means it has more beneficial bacteria (ie, it's better for her). I wouldn't worry about it a bit. :-)
Please, please, please don't put raw milk in the nuker (er, microwave)! It changes the molecular structure of it......and destroys the "good" enzymes and the nutrients in it. I'd just fill the bottle before bedtime, let it sit out, and by the time kiddo needs/wants it it'll be warmer. Janene
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Hi, Aren't any of you worried about dental carries? I've always been told that its should only be water at night (unless its breastmilk of course) because during the night you produce less saliva which means lactic acid can really get stuck into a young child's teeth. Same thing goes with juices etc. Don't get me wrong I adore raw milk, and wouldn't want to discourage drinking lots of it, but just thought I should mention it.
If I'm remembering correctly, dental carries are caused by bottles given at night that the child uses as a pacifier...t then leaks into the mouth and the child doesn't swallow it down, rather it sits in the mouth indefinitely. Sippy cups don't leak and at least for my son, he drinks his cup and then reinserts his binky and goes back to sleep. As a matter of fact, if he has two binkies he'll switch them regularly throughout the night. It's pretty funny to watch him do all this in his sleep. :-) I'm not terribly concerned about cavities...but maybe I'm being ignorant. I guess I'll find out in a year or two if I've done something stupid. I'm certainly not going to fight him at night...I get little enough sleep as it is.
Oh, I forgot, and I may be wrong about this, too. But I think another reason people get so many cavities is because they don't have enough beneficial bacteria in their mouth to counteract the bad bacteria that cause cavities. Hopefully, we don't have that problem here.
Ellen's right, and there are enough good bacteria in raw milk to counteract any bad bacteria that might cause cavities (dental caries). Storebought milk would have no such protection and so there would be some truth to what you've "always heard," since most people don't have the benefit of raw milk.
Also, regarding the microwave, heat causes changes in the milk proteins (and not for the better), whether it's from a microwave or a pan on the stovetop. The best way to warm milk is to gently warm it in another container of warm water. That won't change the proteins like direct heat will. This is why I won't use powdered milk - the heat applied to it to dehydrate it makes the proteins actually toxic to the body.
Post by BlueFeathers on Jun 29, 2009 19:10:35 GMT -5
Please don't be mislead to believe that breastmilk doesn't cause cavities. I have a friend whose child has been dealing will all manner of dental issues (extractions & root canals at 3years old). They eat extremely healthy, raw milk, garden etc. Her teeth are just her weak spot & nursing to sleep allowed the breastmilk to pool in her mouth. But I definitely think there is something to the beneficial bacteria! And I don't make a very good sleep deprived parent, so please don't take this as criticism for a sipppy cup
As far as how long can the raw milk sit out, won't it just clabber & be even healthier for the child? (If they still want to drink it! It seems to be an acquired taste) Aloria
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Hi, thanks for the additional info on sippy cup v. using bottle as a pacifier. I didn't know this. It makes sense that a child is actually swallowing it rather than letting it pool in their mouth, and the idea of beneficial bacteria in the raw milk. Now that I have raw milk on hand, I won't be so strict about no milk after cleaning my kids teeth. Thanks, H.
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