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That's ridiculous. We don't need to be farming cows in the first place.
Us mammals don't NEED to be milked - otherwise, pregnant mothers would never ever stop lactating. Our bodies stop when the baby is grown. Organic milk is still the product of rape and a grieving mother who is missing her baby. :(
So did they die if they didn't pump? No, they pump so they can feed their baby and continue to produce milk. If they stop nursing/pumping, their bodies will stop producing the milk. DUH, where were you in biology class ?
I've nursed three children and when I produced to much milk and became engorged, my breasts leaked. I could use a breast pump if it became painful, but for me stepping in to a hot shower was enough to release the flow and the problem quickly self corrected :)
I have to agree with Karen; lactation begins with childbirth for that child only. Once suckling ceases, milk production ceases shortly thereafter. Continuing to stimulate lactation by artificial means is neither necessary nor helpful to the mother.
Personally, I find forcing an animal to become pregnant just to take her baby away and steal her milk morally repugnant.
Yes they do need to be milked if they have too much and nobody to drink it! But I have heard that sometimes cows are milked so much that their utters begin to bleed. So what does that say? Messed up.
You heard wrong, cows are no different than any other mammal. The udders begin to bleed from all the overuse and brutal milking machines. How would you like someone to hook up a device like that to you?
The cows don't come back to get milked, they come back to get fed. They get milked while they eat.
They force feed them? That is ludicrous, seriously.