Health Problems From The Use Of Animal Milk
When you mention baby food, it’s likely that many of their first association is milk. And so, however, that association is biologically justified if we think of breast milk, and not of an animal. After all, such an association goes so deep that we even ask ourselves the question: can a child develop normally without animal milk? The answer is: not only it can, but animal milk can create many health problems in young children. This article is dedicated to the topic: problems that can cause the use of animal milk.
Most commonly used of animal milk is cow’s milk. The recommendations of the American Association of Pediatricians (AAP) are very clear and they say: a child under 12 months should not be given cow milk. What are the causes?
Cow milk is not enough rich in:
– Vitamin E
– Essential fatty acids
And on the other hand, cow milk has too much:
Or, in simplest terms, nature has designed the cow’s milk to be adequate feed for calves, not a child.
Cow milk is not only inadequate, it can lead to specific health problems in the child.
Problems caused by using animal’s milk:
Anemia. Giving cow’s milk in the first year of life is the biggest risk factor contributing to the development of iron deficiency and anemia. Cow’s milk not only has little iron and its iron is poorly absorbed, but it also reduces the absorption of iron from other sources. Hence, the strict avoidance of cow’s milk is necessary to prevent the anemia and all its serious consequences.
Allergy. Animal milk is the most common trigger for allergies in children. There are three types of reactions:
- Lactose intolerance – a common problem in the digestive system caused by the inability of the body to digest lactose, a type of sugar present in the milk. It can be manifested by diarrhea and gases.
- IgE allergy – this reaction occurs within a few minutes after drinking milk. There may be serious reactions, although the symptoms are usually moderate. A wide range of symptoms consists of skin reactions, breathing difficulties and anaphylactic shock. It is a life-threatening situation in which the patient collapses, breathes hard and has swelling of the lips. In such a case, you should immediately contact 911.
- Non-IgE allergy – another type of allergy to milk is the non-IgE allergy that was formerly called protein intolerance in cow milk. Symptoms of this type of allergy occur with delay, from several hours to several days after drinking milk, and therefore it can be difficult to diagnose. If you suspect any kind of these allergic reactions – talk to your family doctor.
Addiction. When some parents say that their child is addicted to milk (or we ourselves feel dependent on dairy products, for example from cheese), it should not be surprising. There is a biological theory that explains this. Namely, the milk contains casein which breaks down on casomorphins (opiate peptides). Exactly – opiate. If we think about it, there is a lot of sense in why nature has “designed” the milk in such a way: a) with opioid effect, it has a calming effect in babies, b) opiate creates addiction, and it is a mechanism to get the baby progress by eating, c) the opiate action soothes the gut.
Naturally, all this is useful when it comes to a breast milk, but if you played the original conception of nature and give animal milk – the effects are exaggerating: calmness turns into addiction, and calming the bowel turns to constipation.
In the end, let’s repeat, if you suspect a negative reaction from animal milk – talk to your family doctor.