Where’s the milk?

I’ve recently had to go hunting in the dairy section for whole milk. In The States you can usually find it with a red cap, and it’ll say “Vitamin D” along with “Whole Milk” on the label. I found a bottle with a red cap, but when I got it home and tried it, it tasted just like 2%. On my next trip, I tried reading the labels. The red cap milk read greek greek greek 3,7% greek greek greek. Ah, yes, I’m sure 2% of whatever measurement we use in the US is different than what they use here. So presumably 3,7% (notice the comma and not the period) is equivalent to 2%, and whole milk would be…higher. Not seeing anything higher, I finally just asked. The store clerk pointed to shelf of small 1 liter bottles with pictures of babies on them. Of course!

At home I opened the bottle and took a whiff. It smelled rancid. I checked the sell by date…expires tomorrow. Nice. I gave it a taste and it didn’t taste too bad (I’m not a fan of milk, so it all tastes not that great to me), so I poured it in a sippy cup and gave it to Violet. She took a tiny sip, then threw it on the floor. A few days of this constant rejection, and I was convinced I bought a bad bottle of milk. So back to the store I went. They all expired the next day. Really, Greece? I bought a different brand, and again it didn’t smell very good. But it’s been awhile since I’ve had whole milk…maybe they all smell like this? It still tasted ok to me…but clearly not to her. Sigh.

Perhaps we’ll try whole milk over the summer when we’re back in The States. If she ends up liking it, I have no idea how I’ll be able to get her any in Greece. I doubt they sell it at the Embassy. At least she seems to like whole milk yogurt here. They have plenty of that.


2 thoughts on “Where’s the milk?

  1. Julie Weddle

    Does she like 2 % milk? I wonder if your doctor thinks that would be okay. Funny they must not like whole milk over there. Are you trying to wean her off the breast and give her whole milk instead? Is this the first time she has had whole milk? If she isn’t used to it, she may not like it. I haven’t had whole milk in ages and it is too rich for me now. But I am like you and I don’t hardly ever drink milk. I read that babies need milk, but that they can get what they need in other things like yogurt. And that adults actually shouldn’t drink milk anymore.


    1. mandysmusings

      She didn’t care for the 2% either. I’m just trying it out — she’s still mostly drinking breast milk, and she eats a lot of yogurt. Did I ever like milk as a baby? I remember not liking it much as long as I can remember.


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