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Would you let your children drink raw milk from a farmers market?

(28 Posts)
ilovehugs Sat 16-Jul-11 19:46:37

Good local farm. Sells lots of award-winning raw-milk products.
I let my kids try some today having heard that it is safer now there is better equipment/hygine.monitoring etc.
I just googled it to find out if it would help with my daughters chronic, post-surgical constipation and OMG - I am so worried now that it might make them really sick!!!
Am so worried - opinions please!!!

JoleneJoleneJoleneJoleeene Sat 16-Jul-11 19:50:35

If they are older than about 2 with a healthy immune system.

CMOTdibbler Sat 16-Jul-11 19:51:36

Yes, I would esp as brucellosis and tb testing is always done. I grew up drinking raw milk though

fivegomadindorset Sat 16-Jul-11 19:52:31

Oh God yes, we did, nothing wrong with any of us.

ilovehugs Sat 16-Jul-11 19:52:46

6 and nearly 4. No health problems other than chronic consitpation with the young one due to a congenital defect - hence trying the milk.

thenightsky Sat 16-Jul-11 19:56:14

I am sure you don't need to worry. Risk is minimal given all the testing that goes on. I let DD eat camembert and brie in France when she was about 4.

woowa Sat 16-Jul-11 19:57:15

I grew up on it and reckon it's brilliant for general immune health. It is meant to be much easier to digest and better for us in many ways than pasteurised, which was in vented when farm hygiene standards were WAY below what they are now. Raw milk (known in my parents' house as MILK!) is wonderful stuff! I even know a farm which sells it on the internet, it comes in the post!!

SO, yes, drink and be merry!

MissTinaTeaspoon Sat 16-Jul-11 19:59:34

I grew up on it (my mum would milk the cow and we'd have the milk with breakfast smile) and I'm fine smile. I'm sure they'll be fine!

Choufleur Sat 16-Jul-11 20:01:16

Raw milk products - so cheese and yoghurt etc then. Or just drinking milk?

Nyx Sat 16-Jul-11 20:01:19

Same here - 'raw' cow milk and also goats milk when I was a child grin

ilovehugs Sat 16-Jul-11 20:02:05

Phew! I love mumsnet. I bought it from here and it looks like a good farm but they dont specialise in selling the milk though.

Itsjustafleshwound Sat 16-Jul-11 20:04:13

My DH grew up on it and lived to tell the tale. My DH's brother is a dairy farmer and there is nothing better than a glass of fresh milk ...

The milk will be fine ...

DeWe Sat 16-Jul-11 20:22:30

I thought it was illegal to sell it, but I got this of Wikipedia.

Distribution of raw milk is illegal in Scotland. While it is legal in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the only registered producers are in England.[13] About 200 producers sell raw, or "green top" milk direct to consumers, either at the farm, at a Farmers' market, or through a delivery service. The bottle must display the warning "this product has not been heat-treated and may contain organisms harmful to health", and the dairy must conform to higher hygiene standards than dairies producing only pasteurised milk.

As it is only legal to supply unpasteurised milk direct to consumers, it is illegal to be sold on the High Street, via shops or supermarkets.
I'd doubt it will help constipation (isn't dairy something to avoid with constipation?) but I doubt it'll cause any harm either.

ilovehugs Sat 16-Jul-11 20:29:55

Thanks for the info DeWe - particularly the higher hygiene standards bit. I read/heard that it can be better for digestion because it is easier to digest and some of the bacteria, which is destroyed when it is pasturised, is also good for digestion. But, I hadn't really done enough research on it first which was why I was worried.

ilovehugs Sat 16-Jul-11 20:34:52

Have read this now and am feeling lots better.

bibbitybobbityhat Sat 16-Jul-11 20:35:59


ragged Sat 16-Jul-11 20:37:15

Yes, I grew up drinking raw milk; BUT, if it was first time from that source, I'd probably keep it to a small amount. Just to see if it agreed with DC.

malinois Sat 16-Jul-11 20:46:08

I have a big pot of raw Jersey cream to go with desert tonight. Actually, I think I may just have it as desert on it's own smile

Raw milk, raw cream and cheese made from raw milk is just SOOOOOO good.

ilovehugs Sat 16-Jul-11 20:47:48

It was gorgeous Malinois

KenDoddsDadsDog Sat 16-Jul-11 20:49:24

I grew up on it too. I miss getting the cream off the top as a treat for cereal smile

ilovehugs Sat 16-Jul-11 20:53:54

I grew up in the 80s and we used to get milk in bottles delivered to the door. Tht had cream separated on it KenD. Me and my brother used to fight over it for going on frosties! Do you think that could have been rawthen?

SuePurblybilt Sat 16-Jul-11 20:57:56

I drank milk from our goats until I was very, very pregnant, when the doctor had a fit at me and in my hormonal paranoia, I listened to her. She was a loon (also told me not to eat eggs from our hens as 'shop eggs will be cleaner'). No problems at all and I would let DD drink raw milk, presuming I was confident in the farm, now.

KenDoddsDadsDog Sat 16-Jul-11 22:32:08

Yes that was raw milk. It had a green top. Mmmmmm on Frosties!

Ponders Sat 16-Jul-11 22:39:33

we used to buy raw milk from doorstep milkman when kids were small - tall bottle, with green top as KDDD says.

(there was also non-raw milk with cream at the top though - was silver top iirc)

cambridgeferret Thu 21-Jul-11 22:01:41

By coincidence the FDA had a piece on their website about raw milk this week:

I get the general impression that they're not over keen on raw milk.

BTW, I'm not expressing an opinion as I've never tried it.

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