Consideration 20 - Medical Establishment Cries Wolf
On a visit to my doctor, I asked him if he knew how many ingredients their were in breastmilk? He said no. I said 100,000. It shocked him so much he jumped 2 inches off the floor. We laughed.
Doctors know what’s told them. Its my guess that they will learn by reading this website.
What Problems Does the Medical Establishment Have With Goat Milk?
“Cow milk and other animal milks, including goat milk, are not appropriate alternatives to breast milk for young infants (WHO, 2009). Cow and goat milks differ greatly from human breast milk because they:
- are low in iron
- are low in essential fatty acids and other essential nutrients
- contain a less-digestible form of protein
- have a high renal solute load.”
- Health Canada may have stated other reasons for rejecting goat milk as an human milk substitute. If so, they should mention them publicly so to inform the public about these dangers.
Let’s examine these assertions.
Low in Iron
The following websites declare that breast milk and goat milk have the same level of iron in their milks.
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/dairy-and-egg-products/95/2 for breast milk and
The following is from the American Academy of Pediatricians
“Iron Fortification of Infant Formulas
Committee on Nutrition
There is a misconception by some health professionals and parents that infants fed iron-fortified formulas have more gastrointestinal distress, such as colic, constipation, diarrhea, or gastroesophageal reflux. Of these, constipation and irritability appear to be the most common concern. An association between iron and constipation is appealing to mothers who remember the association between taking prenatal iron in large doses and changes in their own gastrointestinal tract function when they were pregnant… [The academy may debate the cause of this gastrointestinal distress,the point is that the gastrointestinal distress exists and is associated with infant formula use.]…
Greater than 50% of iron from human milk is absorbed compared with typically less than 12% of iron from cow milk–derived formula…
Some physicians rationalize the prescription of low-iron formula by stating that the concentration of iron in human milk is approximately 20% of that found in low-iron cow milk formula (0.3 mg/L vs. 1.5 mg/L). Iron found in human milk is far more bioavailable, resulting in much lower rates of iron-deficiency anemia compared with low-iron cow milk formula. “
The low in iron comment refers to goat milk being lower in iron compared to infant formulas, not breast milk.
A pertinent question to ask is why do cow milk-derived formulas absorb only 12% of their iron? How close to breast milk can they be? What are the nutrients that enhance “bioavailability?”
In the 1950’s there was a movement in the medical community that suggested that breastmilk was low in iron. Mothers were given iron supplements to address this “problem”. This supplimentation caused digestive distress in the mothers. This movement disappeared, when it was shown to have no benefits.
Are there any scientific studies with goat milk that show a deficiency of iron? No, there is not; they are assumptions and projections from studies with infant formulas. This is not science. None of these four failures negated the safety assessment mentioned in the Interim Marketing Authority allowing the addition of folic acid to goat milk. This is the only Canadian science involving goat milk that exists.
The remaining objections to goat milk being used for infant feeding are in the following pages.