Friday, 18 January 2019

Would You Give Your Child Donkey Milk?

So I was doing my usual evening googling session on Cows' Milk Protein Allergy when the title of an interesting research paper caught my eye. It was something I have never heard of before. The article is titled Use of Donkey Milk in Children with Cows' Milk Protein Allergy. Yes, you read that right. According to the paper, unlike goat and sheep's milk which is close in properties to cows' milk, donkey milk is actually more similar to human milk. It states in the past donkey's milk was 'widely used to replace human milk because of its chemical composition, and particularly, protein content are close to that of a human.' It continues to talk about how it is highly tolerable by infants with a cows' milk protein allergy, but however due the nature of donkey milk production it needs to be looked at in order to ensure it is a hygienic alternative to replace hydrolysed proteins or soy based formula.

My initial reaction was that's disgusting! The thought of it really made my stomach turn. But then I began to think, is it really much different from any other animal milk? If it was truly the best option for my child would I really dismiss it just because it made me feel queasy?

That do you think? Would you consider giving your child donkey milk?

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