Ideas on getting 14 mo old to drink milk

Barb - posted on 07/08/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hey everybody! Need some help. Our little girl has been drinking exclusively from her sippy cup since she was 6 months old so having her drink from a cup is no issue...problem is, she's always been breastfed until just recently in the last week or so she simply isn't interested anymore to do so :( - my little girl is growing up! So although I knew this time was coming and I had tried a handful of times to give her regular whole milk, she's Very disinterested and clearly does not like it. I'm sure it's much less 'sweet' than the taste of breastmilk and she loves her "juice" (3/4 water, 1/4 actual juice) from her sippy...but try to give her milk in a sippy and she literally opens her mouth as soon as it hits her tongue to let it just spill out her mouth! It's quite humorous really, but I'm getting concerned because she needs the essentials. I personally love milk so it's a little surprising she won't drink it, but again I'm sure its very different from breastmilk - she never was a formula baby which I understand is more similar to regular cow's milk, so I have quite the dilemma on my hands.
She does love her cheese and yogurt so she's getting some good calcium there, but I'm just at a loss for how to get her to keep trying milk to get used to the taste. She has caught on knowing what it looks like and will now just push it away if I try.
Any help ladies?? Thanks!

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I've been where you are right now! Crazy as it sounds... have you tasted your milk? I did. I wouldn't give my child anything unless I've tasted it and KNOW it tastes good. I found that my milk tasted almost like strawberry milk. So... first few cow's milk bottles I tried, he got a drop or two of strawberry syrup in them. It only took a few days to wean him back off of the strawberry syrup. I didn't really use it long enough to HAVE to wean him from it... but I did let him have three or four days of really pale strawberry milk. It only takes a drop or two.



BTW... don't buy the expensive syrup. I used maybe a tablespoon of the whole bottle. Now that $7 bottle is sitting in the cabinet getting dusty. Anybody know any recipes I can put the rest of this strawberry syrup in? LOL!

Amanda - posted on 07/08/2010

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When my kids hit 10 months, I started cutting their formula bottles w/ regular milk. I started by replacing 2 oz of formula w/ 2 oz milk, then increased it each week. Hoping it could work with breast milk. Good luck!

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Stephanie - posted on 07/19/2010

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i had the same problem...i started mixing 6oz breastmilk/formula to 2oz of milk did that for a few days then the next time i would use 5oz brastmilk/formula with 3oz of milk for a few days..i countinued to do that until he was switched over completly.....also for a while i heatted the milk just enough to take the chill off....i hope this helps you

Tenile - posted on 07/16/2010

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add some chocolate or strawberry mix to it just enough to flavor it a little i have to do this with my daughter or she wont drink milk either

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My son was the same way when he stoped breast feeding. I tried different sippy cups...that did work for us. We found one he liked and it was different then the cup he used for the breast milk. He drinks it better with a little chocolate syrup in it...its sweet like our own milk!

Robin - posted on 07/13/2010

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try strawberry or chocolate powder. my daughter hates the taste of milk unless its flavored. adding the powder you can put in as much or as little as you want and theres little sugar in it so its harmless!

Shanice - posted on 07/09/2010

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i tried brest feeding but it didnt work out...so he has been on formula since he was 10 days old...every now n then i try him on normal cows milk n he throws it away, but i dont just put srtaight cows milk i water it down with some boilin water 2 give it some warmth, he probley drink about a 1/4of the cup n the rest goes in to the fridge till the next day, but i think its a good idea 2 offer it afta they have some to eat that will make there mouth dry n they may drink some more...but i believe that they will get on to it n just takes a lil time 4 there lil bodies to get use 2 it

Rachael - posted on 07/09/2010

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My son does the same thing with whole milk (4% milk fat) but he actually drinks 2% milk no problem. I think that since breastmilk is thinner than formula, it may be a texture thing rather than a sweetness issue.

Aleeca - posted on 07/08/2010

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I am going through a similar situation with my little one. She has always taken water from a cup but is breastfed and I am trying to introduce milk as well. She won't have anything to do with it. I've been told to try experimenting with different temperatures. You could try that-can you put the milk in a cup she cant see into? I'm going to try goats milk. It's supposed to be more similar in taste to human milk and then possibly try cow's milk later.
If you believe she is getting the nutrition she needs without the cow's milk then I wouldn't worry about it. They don't really have to have milk-it's just a convenient source of fat, calcium, and vitamin D.

Faith - posted on 07/08/2010

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try a spoonful of Karo in it at first and make sure it's not chilly, and see if that helps. My little guy is really fussy about not wanting to drink milk out of a cup, too. Another trick that works for me is using a straw. My little guy loves to drink out of a straw and that's sometimes the only way we can get milk down him! Sometimes I even hold my finger over the straw when it's filled with milk and hold it up and he opens his mouth like a baby bird and I release my finger from the top so the milk flows out. He thinks that's a lot of fun for some reason!

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