Angela - posted on 05/11/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )
My son is 25 months old. He had breastmilk until age 1, and was weaned to organic whole milk in a bottle by 14 months. He began using a sippy cup at about 6-7 months old for water or diluted juice, and has since graduated to using straws and, when we're with him, an open cup. However, when we offered him milk in anything other than a bottle, he balked! He'll take one sip and then proceed to throw the cup or make horrible faces and refuse to take a second drink. If we "trick" him into a second sip, he immediately spits it out.
His father and I both hate milk, and neither of us have had any since childhood. As such, we kind of assume that he is like us and just doesn't like the taste of it, but will tolerate it in order to get the "pacifier effect" of a bottle. However, he's recently decided to "self wean," in that he's decided he no longer needs a bottle except for one when he gets up and one just before bed. The problem with that is that his milk consumption has dropped precipitously!
We continue to give him yogurt (which he'll eat sometimes, sometimes not) and cheese (again, sometimes he'll eat it, sometimes not), but it would be nice if we could kick the bottle habit and get him to have a cup of milk instead! Any suggestions?