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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Will you drink colostrum from cows?

 During the Along Came Baby Bazaar at the World Trade Center, Jonie came across a booth selling "natural colostrum".  Since I was sidelined, I just asked Jonie to get me a flier.
Turns out, what they are selling is "colostrum of New Zealand bovine (cows)".  There are so many things WRONG with this product.  Wait, let me back track - yes, I am a milk drinker (that was before I got pregnant - now I can't stand the taste of milk!) and my daughter is also a milk drinker.  But colostrum of the mama cow is something I think should be reserved for the baby cow (calf) and not extracted for human use.
We already cause cows to produce milk much longer than they normally do just so we can get regular stocks but must we also get the liquid gold that is supposed to be for the calf?  We know how limited colostrum a mom can produce.  So I wonder how the lack of colostrum will impact on the future generation of milk-producing cows?

7 comments:

Yenyen King Chan said...

My parents drink or have this in Cebu and gave me a few packets. I don't know exactly how they could manage to get this much cow colostrum... but if it's healthy we're going to try it out. Sorry calves. :-)

applesanddumplings said...

Seriously? Yes to milk, but colostrum.. hmmm. I don't know. Parang may mali nga...

Littledot78 said...

urk.. actually i got my hubby a box of cows colostrum to drink while he was studying for the bar before.. ( single pa kami) He used to get sick often kasi. and someone recommended this... personally i  think it was effective. After drinking daily, he didnt get sick at all.. sorry to the cows.. ( pero super mahal siya ha! now ko lang naintindihan kung bakit...sorry baby cows! )

Jenny said...

but diba.. what happens to the future generations of cows if hindi sila naka-colostrum? 

Littledot78 said...

you have a good point jen. in the long run, production of this will hamper the nutrition of cows.. which will also affect meat and milk which will also affect us too.

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Surg Onc1 said...

Dear nursing mother, you may have posted something different if you did extensive research first. Unlike some humans, the amount of colostrum that a cow produced is definitely more than enough for the calf. Think about it: the New Zealanders are obviously taking good care of their cows so that they continue to have the best sustainable dairy in the world for many generations now. They made sure that the calves will have enough colostrum and milk so that the calves will grow up healthy in a clean pollution-free environment and without being given artificial feeds or hormones. Otherwise, their dairy industry would have deteriorated or died long ago, isn't it? To those who love milk, the colostrum from New Zealand is one of the best, if not the best, source. To those who don't like milk, we respect your choice. But is it possible NOT to say that newborn cows are being deprived of their adequate supply of colostrum when it is NOT true at all? Thanks.

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