1 year old not drinking milk?

Stephanie - posted on 02/10/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hey moms was just looking for some advice on how to get my 14 month old to drink milk. We have tried numerous things to get her to drink cows milk but nothing is working. We tried warm cold cool ect, in sippy cups bottles even big girl cups and with straws, we even put chocolate and strawberry flavoring in it to give it a better flavor for her (approved by her pediatrician) but she is getting toooo smart and will not drink it. I breast fed until a week ago and I think she doesn't like the thickness of the milk. Any other suggestions as to how to get her to drink her vitamins that she needs desperately?

BTW-We put her on polyvisol to get the vitamins she needs buttt she hates it and I'd really love to just give her milk...any advice would be great!!

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Kim - posted on 02/14/2011

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My niece never cared for milk until she was about 2 years old. My boys pediatrician said it was ok if it took them a while to get used to drinking it just as long as they are getting dairy in other forms like cheese and yogurt. Luckily my boys transitioned from formula to milk with no problem. They actually like the milk better, but they were on alimentum so I don't blame them. I bet milk tastes a lot better than that!

Heidi - posted on 02/13/2011

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Mix half breast milk, and half cow. We also put it in the baby cereal to get her used to the taste. You might try 2% instead of Whole. Average Breast milk, and formula are only 2% fat.

Karen - posted on 02/11/2011

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I weaned my daughter onto cows milk by introducing it into her breakfast at 9mths of age. Try mashing up a rusk or some wheetabix into the milk so that she gets to experience the taste as part of a meal. If anything like my daughter, three months on she can't get enough of her milk.

Angela - posted on 02/10/2011

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Hi there,

We recommend up to 600mls of milk (including what is used in cooking) OR 3 serves of alternative dairy products (cheese, yoghurt, cottage cheese etc).

I did an analysis of whole cows milk vs a leading brand formula and found my child would only need to consume 400mls of formula to get the same nutrition from 600mls of milk.
Consuming that much milk left him little room for healthy nutritious solid food - so I switched to the formula (and it works out cheaper as he doesn't need as much)

Make sure your child is eating a wide variety of foods,especially lots of fruits and vegetables. We say a minimum of 5+ fruits and veges per day, meat, some whole grains and alternative dairy products and milk becomes unnecessary, as does the need for a multi-vitamin supplement.

Use whole milk in cooking and on her cereal if you want to give her some and offer water as her main drink.

Good luck and all the best xx

Amy - posted on 02/10/2011

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Try talking to the Dr and ask about maybe trying to a different kind of milk maybe even a soy milk. Could she be lactose intolorant? I have heard that a child can be lactose when switching from breast milk or formula. or maybe even try thinning it out with a little water until she gets used to the taste and texture. Sorry I cant be more help. hopefully she starts drinking some form of milk soon. good luck.

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