Milk. Drink Up.
There are some things that we cannot control when it comes to our developing children. There are many things we can. Good nutrition is one thing we can control to positively impact our child's development. Oh yes, our kiddos have their own opinions about what they will or will not eat. However, as parents we can help define what those choices will be. Milk, whether breast milk or milk from a cow, has always been an easy choice when it comes to nutritious offerings provided to our tiny tots. Or is it?
If you are pregnant, holding a baby, or chasing a toddler, puberty probably seems a world away. The thought of my child entering puberty doesn't even seem possible. Of course, I remember clothes that she received as a newborn that I thought she would never be big enough to wear either. Puberty though? I was nearly 13 before the signs of puberty began.
Recently, I came across an article noting puberty sometimes beginning as young as 7 years of age. Seven? Holy smokes, that is first or second grade! I don't even want to consider the possibilities.
Researching a bit more, I've found ramblings that relate children's consumption of milk to the earlier onset of puberty. Why? During the1990s, research first suggested that children were starting puberty earlier and some suspected that growth hormones in cow's milk might be the cause. This was specifically due to the concern about a hormone given to cows — recombinant bovine growth hormone, or rBGH. However, it is important to note that this hormone is reduced during the cow's digestion, and is not suspected to have a biological effect on those who drink it. I still wasn't convinced, but before I ran up to the kitchen to throw out the milk, I dug a bit deeper.
This study provided a little comfort. The conclusions of this study found no link between the amounts of cow's milk children drank between ages 6 months and 5 years, and the age at which they began puberty. It also did not seem to matter whether children were breastfed or not.
Have you explored other options than milk for your child due to concern over rBGH?
Research still concludes milk DOES do a body good, especially for our children.
Do you agree? Why or why not?