Food Allergies: Dairy (including recipes)

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Did you know that food intolerances affect approximately 10% of Americans, whereas food allergies are thought to affect 4% of teens and adults and 5% of children?  Cow’s milk is the most common food allergy in American children, affecting approximately 2.5%, however many will outgrow this allergy by the time they reach school age (about 80%).


So, what’s the difference between a food intolerance and a food allergy?  According to WebMD, a food allergy is an immune system response. It occurs when the body mistakes an ingredient in food — usually a protein — as harmful and creates a defense system (antibodies) to fight it. Food allergy symptoms develop when the antibodies are battling the “invading” food. Milk is one of the eight most common food allergies.

A food intolerance on the other hand is a digestive system response rather than an immune system response. It occurs when something in a food irritates a person’s digestive system or when a person is unable to properly digest or breakdown the food. Intolerance to lactose, which is found in milk and other dairy products, is the most common food intolerance.


Symptoms such as nausea, stomach pain and diarrhea are characteristic of both allergies and intolerances.  Additional allergy symptoms may include rash or hives, itchy skin, shortness of breath, chest pain, swelling of the airways to the lungs and anaphylaxis.  Intolerances may also cause additional symptoms to those already noted above such as gas, cramps, bloating, vomiting, heartburn, headaches and irritability or nervousness.

Diagnosing milk allergies in adults is not always straightforward since adults can develop them in the absence of any childhood history of allergies.  In addition to clinical allergy tests, many doctors are now recommending elimination diets as an effective diagnostic tool for dairy allergies and intolerances.  They have found that this method is simple, free, highly effective, and tailored to the individual.


So, you or someone you love is dairy free.  Now what?  Some individuals who are lactose intolerant may still be able to consume dairy by using a product such as lactaid. This product is said to help break down the lactose found in dairy products such as milk and cheese to allow digestion without stomach discomfort.  But for those with a dairy allergy or for whom this type of product is not effective, eliminating dairy may be the only option.  That was the case for my husband who, in addition to being gluten free like I mentioned in my last post, is also dairy free.  He has personally chosen to simply eliminate dairy from his diet and add very few dairy alternatives in its place.  The number one dairy free item we use is almond milk.  I have found it to be a great replacement in pancakes, waffles and baking, as well as for smoothies.  I always recommend using the plain, unsweetened variety.  Or, better yet, you can make it yourself as I have recently started doing after reading several articles about some questionable ingredients used in the name brand products.  I have included the recipe below if you’d like to give it a try.

We also use rice milk (again, look for ones made from brown rice and unsweetened), but, much less often.  I find rice milk to be better for cooking as opposed to baking, such as for making dairy free mashed potatoes.

And, finally, I’m sure you’re wondering about butter.  Luckily, my husband has not had a problem with butter and, as such has not eliminated it from his diet.  I couldn’t figure out why that was, but, according to Wikipedia, the butter making process separates the majority of milk’s water components from the fat components and, as such, lactose, being a water soluble component, is largely removed from the butter.  Clarified butter (a.k.a. Ghee) has an even lower amount of lactose and may be an even better alternative.

Living with a dairy allergy or intolerance, especially if diagnosed later in life, does require some adjusting.  But just like everything else, it can be done and still allow you to enjoy a variety of foods.  To help you along the path, I’d like to leave you with a few recipes that are both gluten-free and dairy-free, as well as the recipe for the almond milk.  I hope you will enjoy them.


Almond Butter Brownies


Lisa has been raving about these brownies to me and I have yet to try them (although I plan to).  Here is the link to the recipe if you’d like to give them a try:  They are both gluten and dairy free.

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  1. Hi – In your Buckwheat Pancakes, is there something that I can replace the cornmeal with? I’m allergic to corn!

  2. To Tracy,
    Check silk product for grams of sugar and actual nutrient content. In general Rice Milk type of drinks are mostly a form of sugary water. My son has life threatening food allergies to at least 11 different food categories. He drinks EO28 Splash from Neocate. With out that amino acid based concoction of nutrients he would be malnourished. Good luck in your search for balanced nutrition. We have been at this for 7 1/2 years (since birth)…failure to thrive, 5 anaphylatic reactions, etc…

    1. Thanks PJ,

      I tried Neocate and he hated it, but it was two years ago. My son has had food allergies since birth as well. Thankful no anaphylatic reactions. Good luck to you.

  3. How much Milk does the recipe produce? We go through a lot and I am trying to figure out how much I will need to make.

    Thank you!

  4. I would also like to add that Goat’s milk might be a great alternative for those who are allergic or intollerant to cow’s milk. My son cannot eat anything made with cow’s milk without breaking out into a severe case of eczema. He was tested and we were told that he was not allergic to milk, however, when we eliminated this from his diet, his skin cleared up almost immediately! We switched to almond milk and his skin was still irritated. The dermatologist told us to take him off of the almond milk and try goat’s milk. WOW! What a difference! No more skin or digestive issues AT ALL! Since my daughter is a borderline diabetic and has a low level of Vitamin D (she doesn’t seem to absorb vitamin and essential nutrients from cow’s milk. Problem solved! Goat’s milk is higher in calcium and vitamin D and does not inhibit the absorption of essential nutrients!

    1. Our daughter’s allergist, as well as the FAAN, have indicated otherwise. Goat’s milk (and sheep’s milk too, though I can’t say I’ve seen it) contains the same/similar proteins as cow-based dairy and is not considered to be a safe alternative for anyone with an allergy.

  5. If you have food allergies, be very careful when you are eating out at a restaurant or shopping for groceries. At restaurants, ask about the ingredients used in the dishes to make sure they do not contain any hidden allergens. Carefully read the packaging at the grocery store to check the ingredients for allergens.

  6. I like reading your blog as we are also trying to avoid processed food. This post seemed particularly interesting to me as my 3-year-old son has multiple life threatening food allergies. He is allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts. He had an anaphylactic reaction to dairy yogurt when he was only 10 months old. I have to agree with Cheri who said this post talks mostly about lactose intolerance and does not draw a good picture of how dangerous dairy allergy (or any other food allergy) in fact is. Also, I noticed you wrote there are top 7 allergens – hate to be the person pointing out details but like I said this topic is very close to me – there are in fact top 8 allergens. The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network’s (FAAN) website specifically says: “Eight foods account for 90 percent of all food-allergic reactions. They are milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat.” Please view FAAN’s website for more information:

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Eva. Thanks for your feedback. As I shared with Cheri, I do feel that the distinction between an intolerance and an allergy is made clear in the article, including highlighting the fact that an allergy can result in anaphylaxis as well as other differences in symptoms. Thanks for your catch on the 7 allergens, you are correct it should be 8, but, I don’t think that changes the substance of the article. Thanks again for your feedback. Jill

  7. I’m just going to reiterate what only one other person said. A dairy allergy is an allergy to the protein in milk called casein, the original article alluded to that fact, but did not make that clear. The article is helpful only to those who are intolerant to the sugar found in milk, lactose.

    PLEASE DON’T EVER FEED A DAIRY ALLERGIC PERSON BUTTER! It still contains casein. Some allergic people can tolerate Ghee, because it’s been heated, but you cannot make that assumption. You need to know that some people are so allergic to dairy that it can cause anaphylactic shock which could result in death if an epi-pen, benadryl, and asthma inhaler is not given immediately.

    I would feel much, much safer if this article could be edited to describe more accurately the important distinction between an intolerance and an allergy.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Cheri. Thank you for sharing your feedback. I do, however, feel that the distinction between an intolerance and an allergy is made clear in the article, including highlighting the fact that an allergy can result in anaphylaxis (as you state as well). The discussion on butter only referenced my family’s personal habits and did not suggest that it was safe to eat for a person with a dairy allergy. I hope that helps to clarify things a bit. And, again, thank you for your feedback. Jill

      1. Hi Jill and Cheri,

        I am a mom with a newly discovered dairy allergy in my baby. Reading Jill’s initial article, I, too, was mislead about the butter and ghee with allergy vs. intolerance. I appreciate Cheri’s clarification and think the article should be edited, as well. This is such a dangerous topic to have an article that is not 100% clear.


      2. This is where the confusion is:
        “But for those with a dairy allergy or for whom this type of product is not effective, eliminating dairy may be the only option.  That was the case for my husband who, in addition to being gluten free like I mentioned in my last post, is also dairy free.”

        It reads as though your husband has a dairy article, and then you go on to write later that he can eat butter. You sight info from wiki. That’s where the dangerous part is.

        Thanks again.

  8. Thanks for the almond milk recipe. I was just looking for one to try this week. I have my son on an organic whole milk, but we both use almond milk as well. Now I am learning about carrageenan… and I am ready to go it on my own. I would love it if you could get Food Babe to do a post on almond, soy and coconut milks with this horrible additive. Her post from early this year was an eye opener!

  9. I am curious. My little guy (now 11 months old) seems, to me, to have an allergy to milk; he breaks out in a hivey sort of rash and his eyes water and his nose runs. He was, for a while, able to eat some yogurt and cheese, but now he can’t, unless it’s cooked. We gave him a smoothie his daddy made that had a touch, and I mean a TOUCH of whey protein powder in it and it was the worst skin reaction I’d -ever- seen him have. He was 6 months old when we first discovered the allergy; my mother tried to give him some ice cream (I know, naughty grandma) from DQ, and gave him less than a taste and he began to break out in hives all over his face and had the same symptoms as I listed above.

    Anyway, I guess my question is in regards to this: Lately, I’ve noticed that he can consume dairy if it’s in small amounts and cooked; he still gets gassy, but his skin does not break out. Where he used to be able to eat yogurt (Greek) and cheese, he no longer can cold. However, where he once was unable to eat ice cream, he can now have bits of frozen sherbet and a bit of frozen yogurt -and- ice cream sandwiches (again, my mother – I forgot, when you become a grandma, you’re allowed to feed your grandchild absolute crap then send them home >_>). Anyway – I was wondering how or why that might be. His doctor says nothing about it when I take him to her; I really dislike his pediatrician, but she’s the only one around here in my network.

    Anyway. Verbal diarrhea. Thank you for these suggestions. As a family hit really hard by the economy right now, it’s been really tough having to adjust. Now that my son is getting toward his 1 year mark, I’m really going to have to start considering dairy-free options, despite the added expense.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Brianne. I’m not exactly sure why this would be. It might be worth keeping log of what foods seem to be his biggest triggers and then avoiding them. As you saw in the article as well, it may be (hopefully) something he will also grow out of. Good luck. Jill

      1. Brianne-
        I too was the same way when I was little. I’ve grown up with sinus issues and upset tummy issues all my life. I mainly avoided dairy when I was younger, but then added it in when I entered into my teens. Now, at 34, I was just diagnosed with a dairy allergy. I’ve been getting sick a lot the past few years, my blood test were showing immune issues, and then all of a sudden I broke out into horrible hives. I found a wonderful food allergist and he discovered, that all along, I’ve been extremely allergic to milk (and any derivative of milk.) My body just finally couldn’t take it any longer. I’ve had little signs along the way for many years and always told my Primary Care, Dermatologist, ENT, etc. the symptoms I had been having but no one could put it together. The food allergist determined it after 45 minutes with me – craziness and life changing! Now, I’m just trying to figure out what to eat (dairy is in everything it seems!)
        Good luck to you and your son – I would most definitely take him to a food allergy expert.

    2. Hi Brianne! My 2 year old has a very serious dairy allergy. Going dairy free isn’t easy but totally possible. We use a lot of Silk & Enjoy Life products. Have you taken him to an allergist? I have to carry an Epi-pen for my daughter & her symptoms sound a lot like your child’s. She breaks out in hives & her eyes swell- it’s scary! Best of luck figuring it out. It is overwhelming at first (I cried) but you’ll do fine! (P.S. our allergist told me the high heat in baked goods can sometimes break down the milk protein, enabling an allergic child to eat it & be okay but I don’t take any chances! I’m too paranoid!) I hope this helps!! (Oh, and her pediatrician never seemed worried about it but I followed my intuition & took her to an allergist. )

  10. Thank you so much for this post! I just went dairy free this week for breastfeeding reasons. It’s only Wednesday, but my little guy seems waaaaay less gassy and I’m feeling pretty good too! The only downfall is trying to figure out what to eat, which I’m sure in time will become easier. Thank you again!

  11. Thank you for the informative article and differentiating between allergy and sensitivity.

    The first symptom that clued me on to a milk sensitivity that my 3 month old daughter was experiencing was a sudden onset of bloody/mucus stools. Scared me to death at first too! She is breastfed, so it was what I was eating. Cow’s milk was the first item we tried eliminating and noticed quick improvement.

    Adding infant probiotics to her diet made the biggest difference though. She was hospitalized the first 20 days of life for a heart defect and I found out later that antibiotics and TPN feedings had set her gut up for problems. I wish I had the presence of mind to start her on probiotics those first days home and we probably could have avoided the problem and the trip to the ER! From what I’ve read, healthy gut flora will prevent food molecules from being absorbed into the intestinal lining where they can cause sensitivities and allergies.

    I can have butter and cheese, but things like ice cream or drinking milk cause her much trouble. I have heard that goat milk may be better tolerated than cow’s milk, so when she is weaned we plan to try that first.

  12. I just tried the almond milk and it’s coming out with a really watery, not so pleasant taste. Is anyone else having this problem or does anyone know what I could be doing wrong? Thanks!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Heather – what kind of blender are you using? You really need one that will chop the almonds to a very fine consistency. Jill

      1. We went out and bought a Vitamix just for this because I read about the carcinogens in store bought almond milk. I have no idea what I am doing wrong but my kids won’t touch it and they are typically garbage disposals. It just doesn’t taste good.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Tricia. Coconut milk, rice milk and soy milk are all dairy free, so, you could always use one of those. I always recommend the unsweetened plain variety of anything you choose. Jill

  13. I’m have really bad allergies. I have since I was a kid (I’m 35 now). I was diagnosed with a milk allergy as a kid but have never had any immediate reactions to milk or any dairy products. When I was pregnant with my son I became very intolerant of milk for several months. I couldn’t eat a bowl of cereal without vomiting. My OB suggested I stay away from milk for a couple months and then try it again. I did and had no problems and haven’t since then. Recently, I’ve been trying to increase my protein intake. I’m not a big meat eater so I tried some whey protein drink mixes. I get terribly nauseated after drinking them…to the point I must take some ginger and go lay down. I do mix the powders with milk. Is it possible that I’m allergic to the whey protein? Or is the whey protein and the proteins in the milk too much for my body? Thanks in advance for any help or information anyone can provide.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Tricia. I’m not familiar with the whey protein powders. I would take a look at the ingredients to see if there might be a trigger. Good luck. Jill

    2. Hi Tricia,

      I have a dairy intolerance and always had stomach aches growing up not realizing I was intolerant at the time (could only drink skim in cereal, but could handle cheeses to a degree). It wasn’t until I had my two children (who are allergic to dairy, nuts and soy) that I got tested. Sure enough. Our allergist tested all three of us with a breakdown of the components in milk (whey, casein, and lactose), we cannot have any foods with either of these ingredients, so that may be why you still feel ill. You could be more allergic to one or the other as well.

      From there we eliminated dairy and nuts completely. We don’t drink soy but use it in our cooking every once in a while. We drink Kirkland’s (Costco brand) organic rice milk. And use it in our cooking and baking.

      Good luck.

  14. Great post! My sister has been gluten free for almost a year and it has dramatically helped her with her IBS issues. Sometime in the near future I plan on trying to go gluten free for a month to find out if I am allergic too.

  15. First, let me start by saying my husband and I absolutely love your blog. You have helped us make this transition to all real food. You have opened our eyes to so many things and given us tons of other websites for more answers. We are currently trying to eliminate dairy and wondered if there was an almond milk brand that you recommend? I wish I could say that I could make almond milk every time I need it. Thanks for all your help.

  16. I am glad to have come across your blog! We have had minor lifestyle changes for the past 8 years in regards to food, but after my third child was born 7 months ago, we have made major adjustments. One of those changes included becoming dairy, soy, and egg free. He had gastrointestinal symptoms when I consumed dairy, soy or eggs (I am breast feeding). I cannot believe how much healthier we began eating because we realized that all of the processed foods had so many of these ingredients. Thanks for this blog!

  17. I have found that taking a probiotic daily helps and I can have ice cream occasionally without issues. Would like to know where to get raw milk.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Janice. Raw milk varies state to state and is not legal in every state. You will need to check the specifics for your state. Jill

  18. So how do I make the flour with the remaining almonds from the almond milk? After I dry it out in the oven do I just food process it? I hate to let all those almonds go to waste so I thought I’d give it a try.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Heather. The nuts should already be chopped up after going through the blender. But, if they’re not fine enough, you could always run them through the processor after baking. I agree on not letting them go to waste…if you use them, you will actually come out ahead on the money front (in terms of what you would spend on the almond milk and almond flour). Good luck. Jill

  19. Thanks for bringing awareness to food allergies, especially as so many kids are heading back to school. So many people confuse food allergy with tolerance and then unfortunately place true food allergic folks in dangerous positions. Although, your stat on outgrowing might need to re-checked. Usually those with nut allergies do not outgrow their allergies.

    Thanks again for raising awareness–this helps support folks with food allergies!

    Food Allergies, Asthma, Baking and Life

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Caroline. The statistic was on dairy allergies, not nut allergies. Sorry if that was not clear. Jill

      1. Thanks for the clarification—clearly we know where my focus is! Again, great article–keep up the good work. I love your site!

  20. Thanks for posting! I have been allergic to milk protein since 2006 and have slowly learned to deal with my dairy-free life. I have been buying almond milk at the store and i love it, but I am interested in trying to make my own. Can you please tell me how long it will keep once made, and where I can find blanched almonds?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Leah. I get the blanched almonds at Trader Joe’s. I think it will keep for maybe 5-7 days, although, mine doesn’t really ever last more than 2. Jill

  21. I have seasons where dairy seems to aggrivate my skin, and other times when it’s fine. Whenever I’m off dairy, I mix coconut water and coconut milk (both are cheap and available fresh here where I live) and it makes a delicious milk substitute. Straight coconut milk is a little to rich for me.

  22. I got a 5 year old who has dairy allergies. We like to use Fleischmann’s unsalted margarine, it’s dairy free and I love to bake with it.

  23. Thanks for posting these recipes. My daughter and grandson are allergic to dairy. Do you know how much protein is in almond milk? Is there any in rice milk?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      The Blue Diamond brand of almond milk (original, unsweetened) has 1 gram of protein per 1 cup serving. I’m not exactly sure of the content on the rice milk.

  24. This is a wonderful post. Thanks for calling attention to food allergies. My daughter is allergic to peanuts (and was previously allergic to milk and eggs – which we are slowly introducing into her diet) so I know how hard it can be to cook while taking into account food allergies. We still choose to use almond milk instead of cows milk though. So much healthier – in my opinion. Anyway… thanks for the recipes!

  25. If a person has an allergy to milk proteins (whey or casien) then butter is still off limits regardless of the amoumts of lactose(a sugar in the milk). Thank you, though for finally having dairy free alternatives and recipes on your blog. Gluten free often gets the spotlight. My son is one of very few kids who didn’t out grow his dairy allergy by school age and life has gotten even more difficult having to deal with issues at school.

  26. I know well the joys of dairy-free living! My family has been on a healing diet that eliminates grains and starches (though we’re back on starches now) since April 2011 to heal my daughter’s food allergies.

    During the process, I have uncovered allergies in my husband and I and it’s been a blessing and a curse. I do still miss pastries and brownies, but it’s worth the trade off!

    I’m able to share what I have learned to help others and am grateful every day for the opportunity to pay forward what I have learned. If you haven’t heard of them yet, check out gut healing protocols. We started on GAPS and are somewhere between there and Primal eating now, since my daughter is able to eat so many more foods than she used to.

  27. thanks, great post. wanted to do the fruit crisp recipe as I am limiting all potential food allergens. What do you recommend in the absence of sugar? Trying to avoid for a few weeks.


    1. coconut sugar (unrefined) and Stevia are two natural sugar substitutes that are great :) Just make sure you get real Stevia and not the brands that are mostly sugar (Truvia, Stevia in the Raw, etc.)

    2. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Becky. I’ve actually been wanting to try it with honey and/or maple syrup but just haven’t done it yet. My fear is that it will affect how “crumbly” the crumbs are. I will say I try and use “less processed” sugar. I use muscovado sugar instead of brown sugar. Muscovado is considered the least processed of all cane sugars. If you try any substitutions let us know how it goes. Good luck. Jill

  28. I LOVE your website. It’s nice to find reinforcement. I feel like we were doing really well for a while, and then fall off a little and then cycle again. Going to do a September “school lunch” challenge with my girls and see how it goes. It’s easier for me when I make baby steps.
    Anyway…about allergies…our family is almost completely allergy free. We used a Natural technique called N.A.E.T. The general website is here: and you can find a doctor in your area. I live in Utah and there were plenty for me to choose from. I wish I would have known about this years ago. I was so sick for so long! After almost 2 years of treatments (for the whole family): No more grain and dairy allergies, no more hormone imbalances (for me), no more pet allergies and almost all environmental allergies…gone!
    If anyone has more questions, let me know. It was one more step towards wellness for our family!

  29. Wondering if you could please share more info about substituting coconut oil for butter. I know there are different varieties and have seen virgin coconut oil and coconut oil. Just wondering what is best to use in various dishes (baking vs. on the stove vs. what you would try on a baked potato). Also, is it a one to one substitute? My husband has a severe dairy allergy (in addition to poultry and various beans and peas), and does NOT like the taste of coconut! Your help is greatly appreciated! Thanks! :-)

    1. Christy, I use it as one to one. I use organic extra virgin because we are about 95% organic at our house. Recently, Costco started carrying Nutiva. In most cases of baking (cookies, pancakes, etc.) you can’t taste the coconut. I recommend just trying it out (without telling him because most kids and husbands can be hoodwinked ;))and then discard any recipes that he says no to. I would not use it as a condiment at all. For pasta I would use olive oil (which can also be subbed in some recipes for butter)but for potatoes you’re just out of luck. One thing I’ve done is to skip baked potatoes and make seasoned home fries instead. Good luck!

  30. My son is allergic to eggs and peanuts; he had a dairy intolerance as a baby. As a result, we went dairy free for 2 years. I knew I was considered lactose intolerant before I was dairy free but I didn’t realize how much it was affecting me. I didn’t know the bloating, cramping, and gas I felt all the time was not normal. I felt much better and experienced relief with my seasonal allergies. My husband had found that the back acne he had battled for 15 years suddenly cleared at the removal of dairy from his life.

    We are no longer totally dairy free, we are very dairy limited. The kids eat butter and cheese and drink local milk. My husband and I stick to almond milk. When cooking, that is what I use too. Most of our meals are dairy free. I never really cooked before I had my son so most of my cooking knowledge developed while we were dairy free.

  31. Awesome! Thanks for this. My five year old son has an anaphylactic milk allergy. Thank you for promoting awareness.

  32. Great post! Thanks, Jill! We have a 4 yr old with a dairy allergy and have successfully cut out almost all dairy products from our house. Almond milk, coconut milk (which you can make yourself, too), and rice milk have all work fabulously in all our recipes. My kids LOVE coconut milk ice cream!! And in all of Lisa’s recipes I have successfully used coconut oil to replace butter. It is especially yummy in the granola!

  33. My husband does or I should say did have an introllerace to milk and heavy dairy products – cheesecake (his favorite) ice cream, a creamy soup. He was ok with cheese though. Now that we have switched to raw milk he is just fine with it. He can now enjoy a glass a raw milk and he does not have any issues with it.

    1. Where do you purchase raw milk? My son can’t take dairy, but I would be interested trying him on raw milk. Thanks!

      1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

        Hi Carrie. Raw milk varies state to state and is not legal in every state. You will need to check the specifics for your state. Jill

      2. Carrie…. search for your state’s laws on cow shares. In TN (where I live) it is illegal to sell raw milk, but you can enter into a contract with a farmer to puchase a share of one of his cows. You then pay him a monthly boarding fee (he’s boarding & feeding your cow) and in exchange you get the benefits of your cow’s milk. This is perfectly legal, at least in my state. :)

    2. This is pretty common for those with just an intolerance. Pasturization actually kills part of the milk that helps our systems digest it, so often folks that switch to raw milk don’t have the same issues.