13-month old refuses to drink cow's milk

Irini - posted on 03/23/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hi Mom's-



My daughter was exclusively breastfed for 10 months. We began incorporated cow's milk into her diet to supplement one feeding a day since our doctor didn't feel it was necessary to transition to formula for two months and then to whole milk. To my surprise, she had no issues with the shift.



Two weeks later, due to a nasty viral infection, our doctor recommended we introduce formula rather than cow's milk to help us narrow down the cause of her symptoms.



At her 1-year check, he gave us the go ahead to start her on whole milk except now she refuses any bottle that isn't breastmilk or formula. I have already tried 1 part milk to 3 parts formula to help transition her but she refuses to drink from those after a few sips. (Her dad is a chef and we always joked that she had a very developed pallet though the laughs are now on us.) I've also tried giving her milk at different temperatures and from a cup instead of from a bottle but she just flips it over and watches the milk drip out.



I was hesitant to introduce formula in the first place but now feel stuck. I decided to take the pressure both of us and stall for a few weeks. Any suggestions for phase 2.

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Jana - posted on 03/23/2009

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My duaghter was the same way and after trying everything that you have also tried.  She finally started to drink skim milk, then I worked up to whole milk.  It took about a month to get her to 100% whole milk, but she likes her milk now!

Revel - posted on 03/23/2009

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Hello



My now almost 2 year old was breastfed for 9 mo and for some reason weined ( spellling?) him self. So I obviously had  to go to formula. I knew nothing about formula b/c my daughter who is now 4, I breastfed for 14mo. and then went to milk. So I first tried one kind and then he had a problem so then I tried Lacto free and then soy and a few others, nothing seemed to really work or hold him over. So when he turned 1 I introduced milk AND.....he hated it!!!!! Dont know what it is or was but still to this day he has NOT drank a cup of milk. NO BIG DEAL :) My doc said as long as he was eating chesse and eating yogurt he was getting what he needs.  So I know its not a dairy thing b/c he  does eat other things with dairy but for soem reason he WILL NOT drink milk. So I would say if you really want her to drink it then maybe try still for a bit, but if not then I think she'll be fine. Have you asked your docotor about it? Good luck!!

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Heather - posted on 03/24/2009

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You  might want to look up info about this online, but I've heard from several different people that goat's milk is much more like the mother's milk.  I'm not sure how close the taste is, but I know that it is supposed to be a lot easier for a baby to digest because of the way that the fat molecules (?) are in goat's milk.  I haven't heard a lot of good from drinking cow's milk. And really dairy is eaten in so many ways! (cheeses, sour cream, cream cheese, yogurt, ice cream, buttermilk...) You may not be able to buy a goat and milk it, but you might be able to find out who does! My husband bought us a goat for that purpose, when we get ready to switch over. It will be milk that hasn't been processed, so it is a lot healthier -still has antibodies and everything - than buying pasteurized cow's milk. But if you don't want to go that route, hope she comes around for ya! :-)

Heather - posted on 03/24/2009

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You  might want to look up info about this online, but I've heard from several different people that goat's milk is much more like the mother's milk.  I'm not sure how close the taste is, but I know that it is supposed to be a lot easier for a baby to digest because of the way that the fat molecules (?) are in goat's milk.  I haven't heard a lot of good from drinking cow's milk. And really dairy is eaten in so many ways! (cheeses, sour cream, cream cheese, yogurt, ice cream, buttermilk...) You may not be able to buy a goat and milk it, but you might be able to find out who does! My husband bought us a goat for that purpose, when we get ready to switch over. It will be milk that hasn't been processed, so it is a lot healthier -still has antibodies and everything - than buying pasteurized cow's milk. But if you don't want to go that route, hope she comes around for ya! :-)

Emily - posted on 03/24/2009

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Formula is still better for her than cow's milk at her age so I wouldn't worry either.

Jilian - posted on 03/24/2009

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I know this wont help, but cow's milk is disgusting and maybe she knows that :) I sure don't like it and technically it's meant for baby cows, not for humans!
Good luck though

Pauline - posted on 03/23/2009

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I think you're on the right track taking a break and trying again in a few weeks.  When you do try again, I'd dilute the cows milk even more than 3:1 like maybe 6:1 at first and increase the amount of cows milk very gradually. 

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