The Pediatrician Answers:
If you feel strongly about potential pesticide exposure or the use or non-use of growth stimulants in dairy cows, you may opt for organic milk (but it tends to be somewhat more expensive). Milk does need to be pasteurized; raw milk can contain dangerous infectious agents.
Lactose intolerance runs in families and can begin expressing itself during the toddler years. People who are lactose intolerant generally find that they get very "gassy" and can have loose stools and abdominal pain if they consume milk. They generally can tolerate a certain small amount of milk without becoming symptomatic, but this varies with the individual. Many lactose-intolerant people can drink Lact-Aid milk.
Linda Shaw, MD, FAAP