Which Milk After Breast-Feeding?

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When a woman stops breast-feeding, a normal question to consider is which milk to transition to afterwards.

Milk is tricky. It’s not on the Phase One Diet, but we have talked a lot about grass-fed, grass-finished, hormone-free, antibiotic-free dairy products on the show. 

It’s not easy to find dairy that meets all of those standards, but it’s possible.

Please know my bias from the outset – I don’t like soy, which is found in almost every “formula”. I won’t get into all the reasons why here, but suffice it to say that there is a lot of evidence to suggest that the hormonal and mycotoxic exposure from soy is too risky for my family and myself.

Most nutritionists have said that goat’s milk may be the milk that’s most similar to human milk. The challenge is finding one that tastes good. To be really transparent, I do not like the smell or taste of most store brands of goat’s milk. On the other hand, I love raw goat milk, and I have a supplier locally that feeds their goats grass. You’ll need to check with your state officials to find out the legal issues surrounding purchasing raw milk for public consumption, and you should pay special attention to your supplier to check their cleanliness and handling procedures.

The process for finding the right cow’s milk is identical to finding the right goat’s milk – raw or otherwise.

I’ve never found sheep’s milk, but I am seeing at least two brands of sheep’s milk yogurts on the shelves at health food stores these days. The taste is wonderful. I usually just get plain and work in a little vanilla, stevia, and strawberries for flavor.

You can also try dairy-free milks such as almond milk and coconut milk, though you might not find the flavor right for just drinking out of the glass. I use those for smoothies and other recipes, not for drinking straight.

What I’ve done in the past is make “milk” drinks that have some kind of base – say, almond milk. Add in some kind of high quality yogurt. Then add some good fats, like coconut oil and olive oil. Some people have also added colostrum to the mix. (Sorry. No recipe for this. It was trial and error every time I used it.)

The way people have used this is as the base for smoothies or other recipes. It’s not really for drinking straight. But it has a mix of several elements that make a nice transition off mother’s milk.

Please know that when my son was weaned off mother’s milk, he has never really consumed milk by the glass since. It’s not something we’ve been worried about in the least. What he gets from the rest of the diet more than makes up for what he would be getting in a glass of milk.

Please check with your pediatrician before making any changes to your child’s general protocol.

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