Is the U.S. School System Forcing Milk on Children?


Glass of MilkAlisa Fleming, ~ They say that mother knows best, but is our educational system attempting to issue an override in the area of diet?  A mother in Iowa sent me an email, frustrated that her kids are not allowed to simply turn down the milk offered at their school.  Every school year she must pay for a doctor visit for each of her children to get a doctor’s note “excusing” them from drinking milk.  Her children aren’t allergic or intolerant to milk; they simply do not like it.  The children can wastefully dump the milk if they don’t drink it, but they cannot refuse it.  She is unsure how to get around this “crazy rule.”  Does your district have a similar policy?  Do you have any suggestions for this frustrated mother?  Please feel free to email your opinions and suggestions on this topic.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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