Toddler won't drink milk out of anything but a bottle - advice?

Angela - posted on 05/11/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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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?

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Giacci - posted on 05/11/2011

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when i had my newest addition in feb my 2 year old was still on a bottle and refused milk out of anything else. my son newbie was in the nicu for 3 weeks so my mother took over my 2 year old so i could be with the newborn 24-7. while my mom had him she got him off the bottle. no weaning or anything. when he asked for milk she gave it to him in a sippy cup and if he didnt want it he didnt get milk. after a few days of that he was completely off the bottle and only asked form milk in a cup. a few days of no milk isnt going to kill him... and if you think he doesnt like milk try what i do.. get danimals or regular yogurt and mix it with his milk to give it flavor or add chocolate syrup. he will love it. goodluck

Louise - posted on 05/11/2011

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Michelle you obviously have never had a problem but both Angela and I have. It is a mothers instinct to want to give her child milk and if the only way they will take it is with a bottle then so be it. It is no big deal and does them no harm. It is very worrying when your baby will not drink milk or eat cheese and yoghurt and all you want them to do is at least drink the milk. I would of given my daughter milk in an ice cream tub if that is the way she would drink it.

Angela - posted on 05/11/2011

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Well, that's just it. We TRIED the "Only in a sippy cup" routine. He just decided that he can do without the milk. And no, it's not that we didn't wait long enough - if we withhold all liquids except milk in a sippy cup, he'll hold out until he begins getting dehydrated. We're coming to the conclusion that he, like us, just doesn't like it.

And he's never slept with a bottle. He has one shortly before bedtime, though.

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Traci - posted on 05/11/2011

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My daughter did the same thing. We added a little bit of chocolate to it. She drinks it down and hasn't had a bottle in quite a while. They need dairy at this age. I'd rather have her sip some chocolate milk (made by us so we can control the amount of chocolate) than have no milk at all.

Michelle - posted on 05/11/2011

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holy hell lol you still give you 25month old a bottle?!! My son never had a problem, i gave him milk in a sippy at bed and when he woke up and in the beginning he cried but he wanted the milk so he would drink from the sippy don't give in give it in a cup and if he wont' drink it his loss but eventually he will want the milk bad enough hell drink from it i just recently started giving my 24month old a cup of milk before bed because you don't want to have them lay down with it cause it can hurt their teeth...

Louise - posted on 05/11/2011

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My daughter was just the same and insisted on having a bottle with milk but would drink juice from a cup. It has only been this week that she has decided that now is the time to drink milk from a cup. She is 30 months today. As you have found out she is drinking a lot less milk but she is drinking from a cup! All I can say is if he is eatting a varied diet then he does not need the milk. White fish is high in calcium and so is broccoli and most breads have a calcium addative aswell. Don't worry about it to much I like you can not stand milk and I don't eat yoghurt and rarely eat cheese so I suppose this is genetic. I do have limited success with banana custard with my little girl and she will eat milk maid ice lollies when it is hot. I just sneak cheese into her mashed potato and make sure she eats a full fat spread on her bread so she is getting enough for her tiny body.

My advice is carry on doing what you are doing and if he wants to drink from a bottle let him he is doing no harm. My sons are adults now and they drank milky sugary tea from a bottle until they were about 3 and they have perfectly straight white teeth with no cavities.

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