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Are there hormones in milk

While I will openly admitt I don’t get tangled up in labels and do my grocery shopping based on availability and cost, I understand that many people have questions and hesitations about our food. Where does it come from and is it safe? Raising children, and daughters specifically, I’ve heard the comments regarding hormones in milk. Are there hormones in milk? Do I need to be on the lookout for a label stating “no hormones”? As a dairy mom, here are my thoughts…

Milk is one of the top sources of much needed nutrients and providing dairy for my children is an easy way to assure they are getting the calcium and protein their bodies need. I want you to feel confident making choices based on facts, I want you to know that if you are shopping the dairy aisle it doesn’t need to feel overwhelming and purchasing decisions can be made on a budget without feeling like you’re putting your family at risk.  

The science

The human body creates a growth hormone known as somatotrophin. It is a protein hormone that simulates growth and cell regeneration. Cows normally create a growth hormone too, bovine somatotrophin for normal growth, development, and health. This hormone is natural in cows (bst) and will be found in their milk, EVERYTHING alive has hormones but when it comes to our food people get incredibly cautious.

Farmers giving their cows an added kicker of the bovine somatotrophin, called Recombinant bst (rBST) is a synthetic version of the hormone already in the cows body, the addition creates more milk production on less water, land, and feed. Created in the 1970’s, common in the 1980’s, finding a farmer TODAY that still uses rBST would be difficult, many states have made it illegal to use. While I cannot find the exact numbers to support how many farms all have access to rBST I can tell you that it has been proven there is no significant difference in milk from cows given rBST to milk from cows without. ON our farm and in our state, Michigan, the product is not allowed and we agree to never use rBST in our herd.

What is added to milk? Actually – nothing except vitamins A & D. That’s it, cow’s milk is one of the most natural and simplest food options consumers have.

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How much dairy is recommended?

It is recommended we have 3 servings (about 3 cups) a day; milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream 👈 Not many other foods in our diet contain as much calcium as dairy, which is vital to strong bones and teeth.

We don’t say NO to dairy because

Milk simply doesn’t compare to other drinks! It is fresh-local-responsibly produced and healthy for your family, and I can say this confidently because my family consumes the EXACT same product as yours ♥ From farm to fridge in 48 hours it contains the essential nutrients to help our kiddos bodies & bones grow.

Please remember dairy farmers are dad’s and mom’s too!! We have a shared responsibility to care for our animals and provide healthy, nutritious food for our families. I hope you’ll feel confident purchasing the next gallon of milk for your family, conventional or organic, milk from hard working dairy farmers is safe. Xo, Nicole

Resources to check out

What is rBST

Do hormones in milk lead to early puberty – Verify

Dairy nutrition facts

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