Wed Jan 11th

National Milk Day

On January 11th, the day many believe the first milk bottles in glass bottles appeared in the United States, according to many. Alexander Campbell of the New York Dairy Company pleaded guilty to the New York State Senate that his company was the first to make these deliveries in 1878.

More milk and milk products are exported by the United States and Australia than in any other region. Those include cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter, cream, powdered milk, and many more. More than 6 billion people drink milk and the products we produce from it around the world. One of the reasons is because milk contains minerals such as calcium, potassium, vitamin B12, and vitamin A.

Production history

People called milk the virtuous white liquor during the Middle Ages because alcoholic beverages were more popular than water. In 1863, French chemist and biologist Louis Pasteur made it possible for milk and other food and drinks to be stored for longer stretches. He invented a way of killing harmful bacteria that is now called pasteurization.

Hervey Thatcher, an American doctor from New York City, invented the first modern glass milk bottle in 1884. It was named the "Thatcher's Common Sense Milk Jar" by the "Thatcher's Common Sense Milk Jar." To seal the milk in the glass bottle, he used a waxed paper disk. Plastic-coated paper milk cartons were first introduced commercially in 1932 as a result of Victor W. Farris' invention.

Casein, whey protein, lactose, powdered milk, and several other food-additive and industrial products are produced by milk-based industrial processes.


By definition, the females of all mammal species can produce milk. However, cow milk dominates commercial production. In 2011, the year was 2011. Cows produced 85% of all milk worldwide, according to FAO. Many species of livestock contribute milk used by humans for dairy products, including cattle. These animals include buffalo, goat, sheep, camel, donkey, horse, reindeer, and yak. Their milk is also made from cream, butter, yogurt, kefir, ice cream, and cheese, as in cattle.

How to celebrate #nationalmilkday

A large glass of milk is the ultimate way to honor. However, a serving of anything made with milk would count, as well. Does a milkshake look good to you? We've also collected up some other ways to celebrate!

  • Make your own cheese
  • To your milk, add chocolate, strawberry, and malted flavorings Then blindfold the children and have a milk tasting!
  • Make homemade hot chocolate for a friend
  • Learn more about the nutrients in milk while sipping your milk

To post on social media, use #NationalMilkDay.

For projects and ideas to help you Celebrate Every Day, visit the National Day Classroom for educators and families.

History of national milk day has spanned history

The International Association of Milk Inspectors submitted a request to Congress in October of 1915 for a resolution naming an observance of National Milk Day in 1915. Their request did not specify a date for the observance of the observance. We have no evidence that the incoming Congress ever passed a bill for National Milk Day, nor did incoming President Woodrow Wilson ever declare the date.

Relevant observances

  • National Hot Chocolate Day is on National Hot Chocolate Day
  • World Milk Day
  • World Osteoporosis Day is celebrated on World Osteoporosis Day

Milk FAQ

Q. How many calories are in a cup of whole milk?

A. One cup of whole milk contains 149 calories.

Q. Does all milk come from cows?

A. No. A. No. A. No. Today you can buy milk from both cows and goats in the grocery store. There are also a variety of plant-based milks on the market.