Just as antibiotics and other stuff are passed from mother to baby during breastfeeding, when we drink milk from cows given large amounts of antibiotics, these can be absorbed by our bodies.
This is leading to concerns about the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections like MRSA as discussed in this article from The Ecologist:
Cows at intensive dairy farms are under pressure to produce much more milk than cows farmed more traditionally and so the use of certain antibiotics in farming has more than quadrupled in the last decade.
There’s only a few pence difference nowadays between a pint of milk from an intensive dairy farm and a pint of organic milk. When it’s got the Soil Association‘s organic standard mark you know the cows have not been given any kind of drugs they don’t need, and welfare standards are higher and more humane.
Find out more about the effects of intensive dairy farming from the fabulous Molly The Cow at WSPA, and join her “Not in my cuppa!” Campaign.