Milk: Cow Breast is Best…Apparently!
December 8, 2012 11 Comments
I received the following image in a text message from my sister:
Followed closely by this one:
Both images are snippets from the same magazine, two pages apart.
The magazine is called Women’s Health and Fitness Australia (May 2012), and my sister stumbled upon it in a waiting room recently.
Here is the complete page of ‘Bulging Bevs’:
At first I just laughed at the absurdity.
‘Drinking milk is the most natural thing in the world-it’s about the first thing we do as babies.’
Yes, it is natural- for babies! Nothing controversial about that statement. However, the next sentence is incongruous: ‘And you should be drinking milk to ward off osteoporosis’. Are they suggesting that we should continue to drink human milk beyond childhood? Of course not. The suggestion to ‘consider skim milk in frothy [beverages]’ confirms that they are referring to cows’ milk.
Obviously, human breast milk is most natural for humans. However, the article appears to suggest that drinking cows’ milk ‘is the most natural thing in the world’.
It also implies that drinking milk is ‘natural’ beyond babyhood. Surely, humans do not require milk beyond childhood? I have not seen adult mammals breastfeeding.
The magazine clearly has a ‘problem’ with human breast milk for adults – ice cream made from human milk is regarded as ‘too much’ (ie. over the top).
Milk from a bovine species with four stomachs is regarded as desirable in hot beverages, but the milk of a woman – a fellow human- is regarded as distasteful when used to produce ice cream.
It really is quite baffling!
Milk is a necessary form of nourishment for baby cows and baby humans. In conjunction with colostrum, milk is their first food. It is entirely natural for a baby to drink milk from his/her mother’s breasts.
But, if we accept that it is OK – natural, even- to consume milk beyond childhood, shouldn’t we at least consume milk that is biologically designed for human bodies? Human milk.
Why drink cows’ milk?
Humans are a strange bunch!
The dairy industry has been very successful at convincing people that they need cows’ milk in order to obtain, and maintain, healthy bones.
It does not make logical, or biological, sense that human bone development is dependent on milk that a lactating cow produces for her calf. In fact, evidence suggests that cows’ milk consumption is harmful to human health.
Breast IS best for cows and humans. Cows milk for calves; human milk for human babies (and toddlers).
What about adults?
You don’t need any milk, let alone the breast milk of a cow.
You’re not a baby!
But if you do want to indulge in ‘infantile behaviour’, I suggest sampling the human milk ice cream with vanilla pods and lemon zest.
The only negative aspect is the exorbitant price.
Why do you think some people find the thought of consuming human milk distasteful, while happily adding cows’ milk to their coffee and cereal?