Weaning my 13 month old to Whole Milk

Kim - posted on 07/03/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My 13 month old daughter was strictly BF until 6 months, then slowly added baby cereal, and then baby foods. We are down to only nursing in the morning and before bed and have been for over a month now. Some of those times she doesn't even want to nurse then. I was trying to keep nursing her until I could get her to drink whole milk from a cup, but she doesn't like the milk! She'll drink tons of water from it, though, although she has only had a cup since she was about 10-11 months old (for water). I thought maybe it had to do with the milk being cold, since she only has had straight from the breast milk (not pumped) and only likes room temperature water. My husband tried warming some up for her, but she didn't like that either. I'm about to give up on it! Any suggestions??

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Tracy - posted on 08/19/2010

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have you tried mixing breastmilk with the whole milk so it'll taste the same as breastmilk??? A few of my mommy friends have done this and it worked really well.

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Jodi - posted on 09/05/2010

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My daughter is the same way, refuses to drink whole milk. We just had an 18 month check up and I of course brought it up to my pediatrician since I was concerned about lacking vital minerals and nutrients. My pediatrician told me she doesn't advise any of her patients to give their children whole milk, she advises them to limit their dairy intake. There are studies out showing a pretty clear link between dairy and type 1 diabetes in children. Apparently they can't break down the proteins appropriately and this somehow or another leads to future diabetes. I dont' know all the details, but you can give her everything she needs with other foods like nuts, peanut butter, and a widely varied diet.
Talk to your doctor though, I wouldn't suggest you take MY word via my pediatrician in case I have the facts wrong. But, I do trust my doctor and have taken her advice, my daughter gets SOME dairy, occasional yogurt, cheese, ice cream etc etc.

April - posted on 08/10/2010

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i would continue to nurse...breastmilk is even higher in fat than whole cow's milk and is good for the growing brain.

April - posted on 08/10/2010

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you can just give her other calcium rich foods, but the reason whole milk is recommended is because it has the highest fat content compared to other milks. children under the age of 2 should not be on a low fat diet.

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Hi. My daughter doesn't drink milk either. She is now 20 MTHS and we are at thirteen days w/o breastfeeding. We have been giving her soy milk since she turned one. She also drinks almond milk...unsweetened, but I have to mix half and half with reg. almond milk. During her earlier months, we found she had a hard time with dairy...through the breast milk. I stopped eating all dairy products and her massive spitting up stopped. I have introduced dairy in forms of yogurt and cheese, and she does okay with that. If you are worried about calcium intake, you can supplement with other foods in place of milk. Give silk soy milk a try. GOOD LUCK!

http://www.fatfreekitchen.com/nutrition/...

Hannah - posted on 07/29/2010

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I just met with a dietician as my one year old has a milk allergy. She recommended sweetened soya milk or oat milk, as apparantly the sugar content is ok as long as they drink it in one go so it doesn't damage their teeth like they would if they just sipped at it all day long.

So you could try these? Rice milk is no good though as it has been found to contain traces of arsenic!



But I think the trick is to make it sweet as breastmilk is sweet too.

Courtney - posted on 07/29/2010

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My son just turned 1 and I thought I'd try to wean him off the breast at night and give him whole milk instead, since I'm going back to work at nights and my husband will be putting him to bed. My son didn't like the milk at all... he took a big swig, and let it all come out of his mouth... If I can figure out a way for him to drink it, I'll post back on here, and hopefully it will help you out.

Hannah - posted on 07/09/2010

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Hi again Kim,
I just googled this to check I wasn't giving you bad advice, and yes it does seem lots of mums find their babies just don't like the taste whole milk, and so they feed them lots of cheese and yohurt instead.

Other mums have also experimented with mixing cows milk with other things (one mum found her baby liked milk with OJ!!!) so you could try this, ( I thought about buying the flavoured milk and gradually reducing the amount of flavour, but then I decided my girl wasn't going to fall for that!).

Kim - posted on 07/08/2010

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My husband actually pointed out the other night that she can get it out of the sippy cup just fine, she just doesn't like the taste. She lets it just pour out of her mouth.

She still likes breastmilk just fine, but we're almost done weaning. I can't start adding in more feedings. We're only BFing at night before bed.

Hannah - posted on 07/08/2010

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My first daughter never liked whole milk and still doesn't. When she self weaned (albeit from a bottle as she wasn't breastfed) I just concentrated on giving her lots of calcium rich food to compensate for the fact she didn't want the milk. Nothing we tried would convince her to drink it, she just disliked the taste so much.



So not exactly what you are asking, but I would be tempted to just keep offering breastmilk, and if she refuses it and won't drink whole milk as a substitute, just give her things to eat that she does like, lots of yoghurt, fish, spinach??? It might be easier than going through the frustration of trying to get her to drink the wholemilk.

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