Milk. It sounds so simple, right? Kid turns one, you give him or her milk and life goes on. Well, I already talked about my struggle to get Hailey to drink milk, but today I wanted to chat about my struggle to pick the right milk. Buckle up, this is wordy.
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That’s certainly how I felt. Being that I usually use almond milk, I hadn’t given much thought to all the variances of cow’s milk. However, as I faced the decision about what to feed my baby, I decided I needed to learn about milk in hopes of picking the best for
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Milk: Which Option is Best for Your Toddler? I grabbed a ‘natural’ labeled milk that rBGH-free. Wahoo- done! …until I looked closer. Wait, the milk wasn’t organic. That was super important.
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Well, did you know that saying milk is antibiotic-free is like saying water is calorie free? It’s a given.
ALL milk (organic or not) is closely screened for antibiotics.
If even a trace amount exists, it isn’t allowed into the food supply. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Food and Drug Administration. Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance – 2005 Revision. Washington, D.C.: USDHHS, PHS, FDA, 2005.) If a farm has two antibiotic infractions, it’s shut down. Clearly, it’s taken seriously. Ok, great. But what about hormones? Well, saying any milk is hormone-free is a flat out lie.
See all of my favorites here! A very small amount of naturally occurring hormones are present in all milk: organic and conventional. What organic companies mean is that they don’t use synthetic hormones (rBGH/rBST) to speed growth. Though it’s been researched extensively and experts say milk that comes from cows treated with rBGH/rBST is safe, I’d prefer the milk I give Hailey to not have synthetic hormones.
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sound like a big concern. However, the difference is that organic cows must be fed food that is also organic, while other cows don’t. How much of a difference does this make? There is great research on the topic HERE, but to sum things up, both organic and conventional milk were found to have trace amounts of DPA (diphenylamine). However, both milks were WAY lower in the amounts of DPA found than the amounts found in a conventional apple (0.06 ppb vs 2.9 ppb) and are considered safe (though I always take “safe” with a grain of salt). Please keep in mind that organic does NOT equal grass-fed. Organic cows eat organic feed and corn. To get the organic seal, only 30% of an organic cow’s diet must come from pasture during the 120-day grazing season. This means the image you have in your head of organic cows living the free life, chillin’ in the pasture isn’t reality. (This is how Horizon Organic Milk has come under fire so many times — google it). Woah detail overload! I just wanted to make sure I was thorough with my investigation. Who knew something as simple as milk could be such a complex topic? Like everything with parenting, you need to pick what feels best for you and your child. Update: after all of this, Hailey started drinking milk from Homestead Creamery in Virginia. It’s available at my local farmers market and after researching their practices, I feel good about this decision. Plus, it’s delicious! What milk do you and your child drink?
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October 11, 2012 Filed Under: Favorite Tips, Food, Motherhood, Munchkin Meals, Toddler (1-3 years old) Tagged With: best milk for a toddler, weaning at one year, weaning to cow's milk
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About Brittany Dixon Brittany Dixon is a former health coach turned stay at home mom of two girls. Her goal is to share her passion for healthy eating and natural living alongside the daily challenges and triumphs of motherhood. She is excited to step into the world of homeschooling and continue to share her life through recipes, anecdotes and future travels with her family.
Kathryn says October 11, 2012 at 7:53 am I have a 9 month old Hailey (love the name hehe) and we are already thinking about the next step in terms of milk. These seem like a great balance between all the types of milk out there and we’d love to try them! Reply
D says February 16, 2015 at 5:32 pm I use lactaid milk what do you think Of that milk, it’s rbst free Reply
Tina @ Best Body Fitness says October 11, 2012 at 8:04 am The hormone thing is the biggest thing to me for milk. I love that Trader Joes has hormone free milks (and for cheaper than store prices!) Reply
Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family says October 11, 2012 at 8:08 am Choosing milk was definitely difficult. I wish we had the Smart Balance milk down here! I have been buying Emmie organic but it is so dang expensive. Reply
Lauren says October 11, 2012 at 8:46 am My daughter is 9.5 months old and I was just thinking the other day that I wanted to look into the pros/cons of organic milk for when we transition in a couple months. Your post couldn’t have come at at better time! You saved me loads of time doing research- thanks! It sounds like Smart Balance would meet what I would hope to offer my daughter- we’d love to try it!! Reply
Stephanie says October 11, 2012 at 8:46 am I love that my daughter is 1 month behind yours because you are always writing about very relevant things in my life! Smart Balance sounds like a good choice and hopefully they are selling it in our Raleigh area. Reply
Brittney says October 11, 2012 at 8:48 am Interesting! I’ve been thinking about this too since Emily Malone posted about it, so it’s cool to see what you came up with in your research. I’ll have to keep all this in mind when we switch our baby to milk. Reply
Hanna says October 11, 2012 at 8:48 am We gave my daughter, Conley, regular whole milk when she turned one. She loved it! Now she is 3, and milk is her favorite thing to drink. I hope that my 6 month old Abby, will feel the same way about milk when she turns one. Reply
chelsey @ clean eating chelsey says October 11, 2012 at 9:00 am I love that you did so much research on this before you made an educated decision for Hailey! Reply
Diana Beltran says November 4, 2013 at 7:17 am Is this milk free of GMO’S? Reply
Erica says October 11, 2012 at 9:02 am I’m so happy Mom’s like you exist in this world and do so much research into what you feed your babies! Reply
Meghan says October 11, 2012 at 9:06 am Hey Brit! Do you know what stores that carry this milk? We want to use a hormone free milk as well and would love to try this! Reply
Brittany says October 11, 2012 at 10:42 am I know they have a product locator page: http://www.smartbalancekids.com/productlocator And I am waiting to hear back on what states/locations carry it. I’ll let you know Reply
Emily Sutton says October 11, 2012 at 9:23 am I think the transition to cow’s milk (or anything other than breastmilk) can be a challenge. I remember FREAKING OUT in the beginning because Parker only took a few oz a day. It really took a few weeks minimum to get in the groove. And in the last two months, he has started drinking more – now we’re up to about 15-18 oz a day which is PLENTY. I read that adding DHA is actually beneficial in some ways beyond the obvious brain development – it somehow affects the milk’s composition in a positive way? I give Parker Horizon Organic milk. I would LOVE to try the Smart Balance Kids. I saw an ad for it recently! Reply
Karen says October 11, 2012 at 9:35 am I am loving this post as we just had my daughter’s 9 month checkup and her doctor told me to start transitioning around 11-11.5 months. I am totally on board with organic milk, being that I drink almond/coconut milk but the hubby is a 2% kinda guy and thinks I’m crazy for buying organic anything. I like knowing what is going into my daughter’s belly so like they all say, mom knows best!! I just found out from her doctor that all the studies they have done about peanut butter have come back false so we started giving her little bits of PB on bread and she is loving it. Def like her mommy and daddy, even though I am more of an almond butter person, maybe I’ll try that next with her. Reply
Emily Watson says October 11, 2012 at 9:36 am We’ve been doing organic whole milk since our 18 month old daughter turned 1, and she loves it. But I often also choose Happy Cow milk, which is amazing and from a local dairy. I’d love to check out the Smart Balence kids milk if it’s available in Upstate, SC though! Reply
Nicole says October 12, 2012 at 10:54 am Hey Emily, I live in Spartanburg and have an 11 month old. Can you tell me more about Happy Cow milk? thanks! Reply
Emily Watson says October 12, 2012 at 11:54 am Hi Nicole! Yes, it’s a dairy in Pelzer, but thir products are sold across the Upstate. Their milk is bottled on the farm, and is really great. Especially the chocolate milk, OMG, so good! (maybe not for the little ones, but anyway…) Here’s there site, and it says their milk is carried at Fresh Market in Spartanburg. http://www.happycowcreamery.com/ Reply
Beth says October 11, 2012 at 9:47 am We have been giving Claire organic Publix brand milk since she turned one. I have been tempted to try Smart Balance milk for ourselves, but have not seen the kids version in our area yet (we drink Publix organic as well.) I would love to let Claire give it a try! Reply
Muna says October 11, 2012 at 9:57 am My daughter is turning 11 months next week so I am really looking into the various milk options. I was wondering what the difference between organic and conventional milk without synthetic hormones was. Guess I was right! This does sound like a good option for my baby girl. Thanks for writing such great posts. I love all your baby related posts Reply
[email protected] My Family says October 11, 2012 at 10:02 am We do organic whole and just found a local source actually but the smart balance definitely sounds worth a try! Reply
Jen says October 11, 2012 at 10:05 am This is all so confusing. And the reason I’ve decided to breastfeed forever… kidding. We still have 6 weeks before W may make the switch to milk, but I have many of the same concerns you do. Thanks so much for sharing all of this. I’d love to try Smart Balance kids milk. Reply
Danielle says October 11, 2012 at 10:10 am Whole Foods here in DC carries a 100% grass-fed organic milk, which is what we buy. They also carry glass bottled milk from local farms in the area. When you’re finished with the milk, you can return the bottles back to Whole Foods and get about 75% of the cost back. It’s extremely economical (especially when you have babies that go through massive amounts of milk) and you know you’re supporting local dairies. Win win! Reply
Brittany says October 11, 2012 at 10:43 am Wow- what a find! That sounds awesome! Reply
Elisabeth says October 11, 2012 at 10:14 am We buy local grass-fed milk and meat from the same farmer. He’s been at it a long time and his cows are 100% pastured and receive zero grain. I like that we can tour the farm and that we know the guy and his family and make contact with them every time we pick up an order. We were lucky to find such an ideal situation. Reply
Brittany says October 11, 2012 at 10:45 am What a great set up! It’s such a neat experience to be able to buy food from a person you know in your community. Great find! Reply
Noelle (@singerinkitchen) says October 11, 2012 at 10:28 am I have decided not to transition to milk. This is why kids have colds, earaches, sickness and it is so not worth it. I have been transitioning to homemade brown rice milk and oat milk and other non-dairy options. I add flax seed oil, sesame seed, and maple syrup for added vitamins. So far, weaning has been a success the last 2 weeks. Reply
Hannah says June 4, 2013 at 7:48 am I’m very interested in your homemade milks. Can you tell me more about it? My email is [email protected] Thanks!!! Reply
Latasha says September 7, 2016 at 4:46 am I would also be interested in hearing about your homemade milk options. My email is [email protected] Reply
Bobbie says October 11, 2012 at 10:29 am Thanks for all the details – gives me things to think about for my own baby! Smart balance seems to be a great choice and I hope I can find it in my grocery store Reply
Joanna @ Midwestern Bite says October 11, 2012 at 10:38 am My husband texted me about this article before I had a chance to get there on my own (baby nap issues this morning). It’s very convenient for me that H is always a step ahead of my little man. I would love to try this milk out! We are juuuuuust about there. Waiting for his one year check up to get some doctor advice before we transition. Labels. Sigh. I wish every manufacturer would just lay it all out on the table, er, label about what EXACTLY you are getting. Due to costs I am sure the non organic brands will either still get bought or be forced to clean up their act. Nothing is ever what it seems. There is a (somewhat) local brand of milk and butters I have been considering trying, but just because they are local and come in a fancy glass bottle you have to return doesn’t mean much of anything these days. For instance, I am pretty sure some of the farmers at our local markets use some form of pesticide, but is “organic” and carted from half a country away better than non organic and picked yesterday? I have no idea. I am hoping for a big garden at the new house to grow a lot of my own veggies next summer, but I highly doubt I will have my own cow :/ Thanks for the post and I hope I win!! I need to ask the Husband why he didn’t comment if he read it. Double our chances Reply
Jessica says October 11, 2012 at 10:40 am I’m so glad you did your research! I would LOVE to try the kids milk when Noah turns 1 if I could find it around here Reply
Sylvia says October 11, 2012 at 10:47 am Yikes, my son is almost three and I never did all this research before giving him cow’s milk. We usually go for Horizon milk, but I think he would love the Smart Balance milk, especially the chocolate since he has been crazy about hot cocoa since trying it a few weeks ago! Reply
Lori says October 11, 2012 at 10:49 am I think the biggest question for me would be from what sources are the DHA / EPA coming from in the Smart Balance milk. Sometimes added “nutrients” are worse than none at all. Reply
Brittany says October 11, 2012 at 10:55 am That’s a great question! I should have mentioned that it comes from purified fish oil. I agree with you that sometimes added nutrients are worse than none at all (like diet coke with vitamins! what?). Right now with Hailey’s stage of growth, I am comfortable with her getting a little boost from the fish oil, but agree that usually I like a food the way it is naturally. Reply
Mike @ Midwestern Bite says October 11, 2012 at 10:58 am I’d love to be entered in the contest. Thanks! As Joanna said, we’re real close to the 1 year Birthday, so these decisions will have to be made in our house very very soon. Thanks! Reply
Sarah says October 11, 2012 at 11:00 am My son is only 6 months old, but I”m already a bit worried about this. He’s on soy formula because I was unable to breastfeed (for a lot of reasons) and he was lactose intolerant (I don’t think he had a full milk allergy). Where does this leave me? I don’t know. I’m not crazy about giving him almond milk which is what I drink or straight soy, though that would probably be the most logical. I may look into goat milk for the beginning transition. It just wouldn’t make sense to me to go from soy to cow and think that would really work for him. Why is this stuff so hard?? Reply
TroGan says October 10, 2014 at 8:13 am yes it makes great cheese. no no no you cant. I would have to ask why you would even ask such a qusteion? who ever told you this you should slap them. Reply
ChasingHallie says October 11, 2012 at 11:42 am Thanks for this post, great information. We have been doing a lot of research around here too. Was very tempted by hemp milk but its super super expensive and has to be ordered online. Just won’t work for us. So we decided on organic cows milk. I really with the Smart Balance product was sold here in Dallas. Really disappointed that it isnt. Reply
Megan @ My Path in Motherhood says October 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm Interesting! I’m still a long way from giving Molly cow’s milk – she’s only 4.5 months, but it’s something that I’m starting to research now. We have a local farm that I was going to buy my milk from, you can go see the process and the cows, but it’s nice to know there are other options! Reply
Chantal says October 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm Those are some great points!! I still don’t think I’ll be giving my baby milk when it comes to that point. Ugh, it’s hard because everything says I need to, but we’re going dairy-free. Tough decisions. Reply
maria @ lift love life says October 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm This is an AWESOME post. So thorough and well researched. JUST what I needed as I start weaning Caleb and giving him cows milk. Thanks for this. And if they start selling Smart Balance milk in my area of NC, I will definitely check it out Reply
Tara says October 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm So I’m not clear on why you have decided that non-organic milk is still best for her. Because there are companies (Horizon) that don’t treat the cows as humanly as you would expect? I’m not trying to be the mean girl here but it sounds like you’re simply justifying endorsing this product. If you can afford it and have access to it, I believe organic milk is a better choice for babies. You should check out the article on organic foods by Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI-Nutrition Action) I’d be happy to mail you a copy
They do an excellent job at breaking down the benefits of organic foods and the
effects of organic versus conventionally grown foods in children’s development. Reply
Brittany says October 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm Hey Tara! I do want to endorse this product because I believe it is a good product and one I would buy with my own money. However, I think everyone has to pick what works best for them, which is why my hope was simply to present the facts. I do strive to buy organic with many things, mostly produce, but we certainly are far from eating all organic. For example, I usually opt to by local from the farmers market that may not be certified organic, rather than certified organic from the store. Also, chips, crackers, beans, grains, etc are rarely organic in our house (only if they’re on sale). I appreciate you offering to send me a copy of that article. I’m always looking to learn more! My email is [email protected] Thanks! Reply
Krista says October 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm My son is 8.5 months so this is very good info for the near future, thanks! I’d love a coupon =) Reply
Jen says October 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm Yes please! I’ll try it! Reply
Marie says October 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm Is SmartBalance available in Canada? If so, we’d love to try. I drink mostly almond milk, although I do consume some dairy in the form of cottage cheese and occasionally yogurt. My girl drinks breastmilk, she’s going on 51/2 months now, Reply
Erika says October 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm My son drinks Whole Vitamin D milk. I drink cow, soy and almond milk and I guess I never questioned what I would give him. I would use the Smart Balance milk, but I haven’t seen it in my store. I am not second-guessing/judging/questioning anyone’s choice as to what they give there child I just think it is interesting that there are so many parents now that won’t give kids the things they were most likely raised on. Reply
Nicole says October 12, 2012 at 11:14 am I think the reason we don’t want to just give it to them because it was given to us is because we know a lot more now than our parents knew when we were kids. My parents were smokers when they were teenagers and young adults, we now know the serious dangers of smoking. I wouldn’t smoke just becuase it was “ok” when my parents did it. I hope this response doesn’t sound angry or aggressive because that is not my intention but it is a frustration of mine when people say “it was fine for me!” Reply
Rachael says June 29, 2014 at 11:02 am A big reason why parents second guess and question today’s foods are because there has been a great deal of change in the way foods are made today. Where as the foods we ate as kids were closer to nature today those same foods (or brands and types of food) are filled with hormones, chemicals, GE’s, GMO’s and on and on … Not to mention that foods are processed differently further changing their chemical composition (milk being a prime example). So instead of trusting big business many moms and people have begun to question and research so that we are informed about what we are putting into our bodies and our children’s bodies. Reply
Sarah says October 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm This would be great. We’ll be doing the milk transition soon too. Reply
Holly Marie says October 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm I would love to try this! D is going to start with milk in three weeks when he is one- hoping it is a smooth transisiton- but love the idea of banana milk too! Great ideas!!! Reply
Elizabeth says October 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm We have been buying local raw milk from grass-fed cows the past 6 months or so. At first I was slightly hesitant b/c of what the risks are, but then I did more research and talked to many people who buy it also and now I’m not worried at all. There are so many benefits to raw milk! Like I said yesterday, Whitney doesn’t drink much but this is what she drinks when she does, and i’m pregnant too and don’t worry. Regardless, I love to try new products and would love a coupon for this new Smart Balance milk! Reply
Matt @ The Athlete's Plate says October 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm I always buy the store brand organic milk from whole foods or a non-dairy alternative like hemp or almond. Most of the cheese and yogurt I buy is organic as well. I just feel safer buying it than researching brands. Reply
kelli says October 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm I would love to try this milk for my children . They get skim Noe but I’m always up to try something that might be better for them Reply
Jen N says October 12, 2012 at 1:05 am I’m struggling with this too. Riley is only 7 months old but I’m trying to think ahead. I do have similar concerns about cow’s milk, but honestly my biggest concern is that cow’s milk actually leaves your body with a calcium deficit and this concerns me a bit. Reply
Amy says October 12, 2012 at 1:43 am I was a totally skim girl all the way, and my husband was 2%-so we had to compromise on 1%-and I don’t notice much of a difference. I have debated trying other types of milk (almond, rice) but I can’t get beyond the lack of protein. I would love to try this milk! Reply
Bethany @ One Girl's Taste On Life says October 12, 2012 at 6:38 am Great article! My little guy is 10 months, so we haven’t quite gotten there with the milk decision. I like the idea of this Smart Balance milk though. Would love to be able to try it out for free! Thanks, Brittany! Reply
kristi says October 12, 2012 at 10:30 am I’m pregnant and also went through this debate with myself – organic vs. No added hormones milk. We’re not 100% organic but had decided that produce, meat, and dairy were really important. But the $6 a gallon price tag felt a little restrictive for our future kiddo (I asked myself if the grandparents would shell out for that on visits?) I did a bit of reading and decided same as you that no added hormones was top priority to me – because I had no idea where the organic was coming from anyway and we all know “organic” has unfortunately become a corporate gimmick in many cases. Anyways, now I buy Whole Foods brand no rbgh/rbst milk for $3/gallon. I feel good about their company’s quality standards and the milk is actually cheaper than say Food Lion brand. Reply
Nicole says October 12, 2012 at 10:49 am We have an 11 month old and we are just starting the weaning process. Im not sure if we are going to give Amelia cow’s milk or not but if we do I think this is a good option. We will likely do a rotation including cows milk, almond milk and other non dairy options. Thanks for the info! Reply
Britt says October 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm Is the smart balance milk cheaper price wise than publix organic milk ? Reply
Brittany says October 17, 2012 at 3:37 pm Unfortunately I don’t know because we don’t have Publix here (darn it because I LOVE Publix). If you check and see, please let me know so I can pass the info along. Thanks!! Reply
Mary @ Fit and Fed says December 4, 2012 at 12:07 am Very thorough! Amazing all the things that we have to research as moms and as consumers in general, isn’t it? My children would get colic if I had dairy while nursing them, so I didn’t give them cow’s milk right away as toddlers. Goat milk was exactly the same, they couldn’t have it. Eventually they could tolerate dairy– it’s been long enough that I can’t remember exactly when. But in the meanwhile we used unsweetened soy milk and they continued to nurse. Mary @ Fit and Fed recently posted..Bibb, Roasted Beet, and Radicchio Salad with Hazelnuts Reply
Jessica says April 26, 2013 at 3:15 am Who knew I would be researching what type of milk (I would “possibly” consider for my 9 month old) at 1:45 am on a Thursday night/morning. Reply
Jessica says April 26, 2013 at 3:17 am Who knew I would be researching what type of milk (I would “possibly” consider for my 9 month old) at 1:45 am on a Thursday night/morning. Reply
Jessica says May 15, 2013 at 2:54 pm I have this debate with my husband all the time! Is it worth the extra $ for an organic milk? It seems to me that no added hormones is the main thing to worry about. I would like to compare the smart balance milk, and see how my 13 month old and my 5 year old like it. Reply
Shari Baum says May 29, 2013 at 12:35 am Tried a few brands of whole milk for my 13 month old son and he finally took to the Trader Joes’s one. Although was so excited to see a brand catered to kids with extra goodies for their growing. Hoping to try it out soon for him Reply
Lisa says June 18, 2013 at 2:37 am I couldn’t have come across this blog at a better time. I am counting down the days until I can give my litte one milk instead of formula. I both nurse and bottle feed however, these days my milk supply is running low so she is gettting more formula which as a result has caused some constipation which I am trying to correct with lots of fruits and veggies. I was very excited to learn about Smart Balence however, I checked there website and it is nowhere to be found in my area! Bummer! Any other suggestions? Ive been hearing a lot about Traders Joes milk, is there a specific one? Any suggestions/advice is greatly appreciated we are 1 month away from the BIG 1st Birthday
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kristengeri says July 11, 2013 at 1:04 pm Hi, Thanks for this post. I thought I’d mention that just because growth hormones and antibiotics can’t be detected in conventional milk doesn’t mean that they aren’t present in higher amounts than organic or RBST-free milk. The test the government uses to detect their presence isn’t very sensitive, which is why both test negative. Further, I’ve read that the way our bodies react to the synthetic estrogens given to cows is 100,000 times stronger than the way we react to estrogen produced in our own bodies. I do think that it’s ironic that the government requires RBST-free milk to disclose that there is no detectable difference in hormone/antibiotic levels compared to conventional milk, but they don’t require the labelling of genetically engineered food products (a huge percentage of products containing corn and soy derivatives). It’s also worrisome that we have polluted our environment to the point where even organic milk is testing positive for pesticides. What’s a mom to do? Thanks again for the post – good luck in your search for better food! Reply
Jen Lee says September 12, 2013 at 6:44 pm Connor just had his 9 month check up and we told its time for milk. I’m quite picky on what he eats and drinks. I’m still breast feeding him, his solids are homemade either organic or straight from the garden and meats are only free if antibiotics, hormones and everything else harmful. I’m a coconut or almond milk person being lactose intolerant. Today was the day to research what you have written so beautifully in your article. I wouldnLOVE to try smart balance milk. It’s a great place to start and I like what you had to say. Thank you for your time and effort to help the rest of us. Reply
Julie says December 9, 2013 at 2:23 am I was wondering where to buy this milk. Me and my 14 month old son CJ lives in Tampa. Thank you Reply
Brittany Dixon says December 9, 2013 at 8:10 am I don’t actually think they make it anymore! It must not have sold well at it’s price point? I really liked it, but now buy organic milk whenever Hailey drinks it because Smart Balance milk is no longer available. Good luck choosing the best option for you! Reply
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Melissa says January 22, 2014 at 2:31 am Hello :). My daughter is almost two now. So far she has been on whole milk just the regular kind. Would it be a good choice go switch her now ?! I recently have been changing how we eat around here. Very interested in advice. Thanks so much ! Reply
Brittany Dixon says January 22, 2014 at 2:23 pm Smart Balance Kids milk is sadly no longer available! My daughter (turned two in September) now drinks organic 2%. I’m not sure what I’ll do with my next baby girl due in May. Only time will tell! Reply
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Suhanya says May 12, 2014 at 3:29 pm This is interesting and here I am wishing life was simpler and I had a herd of cows grazing in my backyard that I could milk daily morning and evening, just like my grand ma did :-)!!! I Would like to try smart balance milk, thank you!!! Reply
cesar says May 30, 2014 at 2:39 pm My daughter just turned one and we are try to figure out what milk to give her. My girlfriend says Soy Milk but I say Organic Milk. Can someone please share some good insight thanks Reply
Rachael says June 29, 2014 at 11:06 am Brittany, I see that the milk is no longer available but I’m just curious if your research included the effects of GMO’s? I think this is a major factor to consider when considering “pesticide” exposure. Reply
Brittany Dixon says June 29, 2014 at 12:58 pm Great point Rachael. I wrote this a while ago and am looking into options now that I have learned more about the topic and have another baby to give milk to within the next year. Recently I have started giving my toddler Homestead Creamery milk and have been very pleased with it! http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/wholestory/homestead-creamery Reply
rachael says July 22, 2014 at 3:47 pm Yes, I recently learned about the world of GMO’s after I had my son as well! Quite scary! I don’t think we have Homestead in NY but I tend to buy Organic Valley, grass fed, non-homogenized milk, which we are happy with, especially since my son who has a dairy sensitivity can handle it! I would love to see an updated article if you post one! =) Reply
Yana says November 6, 2014 at 10:03 pm Article is very informative. BUT! I don’t believe in labels. I don’t believe that farmers can grow corn , soybean meal (that how cows are fed) without using pesticides. Pesticides are on every fruit, vegetable you buy. Growing fruits and vegetables myself I know that. Now regarding Happy Cow – their milk taste like powder milk, meaning they make milk out of dry milk powder (which is flushed with nitrogens and etc). Also healthiest milk is pasteurized instead of ULTRA pasteurized. I live 6 months in Sweden and 6 months in US. In Sweden expiration date on a milk sold in the stores are +6-10 days. When it goes bad you can taste it to feel that it is natural. Try to taste you “bad” milk, it should not be bitter. Reply
Roxy says May 20, 2015 at 3:53 pm Hi, I really liked this post. I just the other day went to the store to buy a small container of milk to try for my DD, however, I was shocked to find that I couldn’t get one that was organic, grass fed, small container and also free of synthetic hormones. So, I am having a hard time trying to figure out which milk to buy for her. I always thought i would just get her one of the milks that come in a glass bottle — but one of them is not organic and the one that is it’s not homogenized — so it’s separated and i don’t know if that’s going to be a problem. As, i am still BF my 15month old and as you know BM has to be warmed up otherwise it separates (pumped BM). So, I’m still just BF because I have not figured out what type of cow milk to give her. Any suggestions/thoughts or ideas on the bottle milk that Whole Foods carries that it’s not homogenized. Reply
Brittany Dixon says May 24, 2015 at 7:21 pm It can be a really tough decision! For my second daughter (now 12 months) I buy either whole organic milk or the whole milk from Homestead Creamery in the glass bottle. It’s not organic but I’ve researched them and am impressed with their methods and dedication to quality. I can’t say what is right for you, but those two are working well for us. Good luck! Reply
Munchkin Meals Link Up! | A Healthy Slice of Life says: December 5, 2012 at 9:02 pm […] Look familiar? Yes, I forgot to snap a picture. This is my breakfast, but it’s also pretty much Hailey’s. She eats an egg scrambled with peppers and onion and a little salsa stirred in for extra flavor. She loves fruit with breakfast and always has a whole banana and lately, half a clementine, too. Sometimes she’ll have a few pinches of the soft part of the bagel and always washes it all down with her milk. […] Reply
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