I couldn’t believe my ears. Relief flooded over her face as she told me her story with a beaming grateful smile. As she talked, I wondered silently: Could raw milk really change someone’s life?
It’s funny I could wonder, because people tell me every week how raw milk is changing their lives. People constantly tell me stories of raw milk healing eczema, clearing up breakouts, making digestion regular, clearing congestion, and so many more, but this story hit differently somehow.
Her 1 1/2-year-old son had never had a normal bowel movement in his life.
Before I became a mom, I had no idea how much I would care about bowel movements.
I didn’t know that moms lost sleep over dirty diapers (or lack there-of).
I didn’t know it was possible to care so much.
I didn’t know how much stress a mom can have when things aren’t going well.
She continued her story: when her son was a baby, they struggled to find formula that wasn’t full of fillers and garbage. During the formula shortage brought on by COVID, she couldn’t find any formula her baby could eat in the U.S. so she started shipping it in from Europe, which was expensive and unreliable.
Feeding struggles caused weight gain struggles. “He used to be skin and bone,” she shared.
My mom-heart ached for her.
Is there anything worse than when your baby is having trouble?! When your baby hurts, mom hurts. It’s just that simple.
Science has actually shown that mom and baby share cells that intimately connect them from the time the baby is two weeks in utero to sometimes decades after the baby is born!
This perfectly explains why being a mom is both incredible and heartbreaking.
When your baby is having trouble, it’s literally an extension of you having trouble on a cellular level!
After researching the benefits of raw milk, hope was renewed for this desperate mom.
She wanted to give her son the nutrients of the milk and hoped it would help his digestion. But would he drink it? Their formula nightmare had made feeding him difficult. “When he tasted your raw milk for the first time, he gave me the biggest smile,” she beamed.
Weeks later, her story just kept getting more amazing! “NOW,” she glowed, “he has regular, healthy bowel movements, he’s finally filling out, and we quit formula cold turkey. I feel so liberated!”
I don’t think I’ve seen a bigger smile on a mom’s face. This was the smile of relief. This was the smile of regular poopy diapers. (Which sounds strange when I type it, but if you’re a mom, you know exactly what I mean.)
This was the smile of satisfaction knowing that she was nutrifying her son.
“My only regret,” my friend explained, “is that we didn’t start sooner!!
“We are so grateful for you and your family sharing the goodness of your farm with us.”
Because she knows what life is like without raw milk, she’s determined to never go back. She’s even tucked away a bonus stash in the freezer just in case they run out between our milk pickup days.
Farming is great, but it doesn’t hold a candle to changing people’s lives.
Stories like this one are exactly why I love doing what I do! Helping moms solve their troubles couldn’t be more exciting to me.
Where is YOUR struggle today? Are you lactose intolerant?
Guess what? Raw milk might be the answer.
Do you have eczema? How about breakouts? Congestion when you drink milk?
Guess what? You aren’t alone. Chances are, I know someone with a similar story and I’d love nothing more than to help you! It seriously is my favorite thing ever – so reach out today!
Meet your farmer – Liz Gerdes. She & her husband run a farm-to-table raw milk dairy and farm Airbnb in Caledonia. If you’re looking for raw milk fresh from the farm, visit gerdesfreshfarm.com or follow her on Facebook @gerdesfreshfarm or Instagram @gerdesliz for more info.