Help!!! I am still breast feeding my daughter and she is going to be one in 5 days and she hates whole milk. I have tried using cups, straws, spoons, anything you can think of and she won't drink it. She sees it coming and tells me no and pushes it away. I don't know what to do.
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Lorilynne - posted on 01/23/2009
Are you actually wanting to stop breastfeeding? Because there is nothing that says you have to stop at a year and as others pointed out, the WHO (World Health Organization) and the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommend breastfeeding for at least two years. You could always breastfeed for a longer period of time and try offering milk again when she's a little older.
Crystal - posted on 01/23/2009
Is there a specific reason you have wean right now? The WHO recommends breastfeeding until 2 years of age.
I only just got my youngest drinking from a sippy cup and he's almost 14 months old. Breastmilk is still is main form of nutrition, he still drinks one cup of milk and one cup of juice a day and eats some solid foods while we're all eating, but mostly he just nurses.
Christine - posted on 02/23/2009
My 3 year old still does not drink milk. I started him at 9 months with yougurt and that is how he gets his calcium. I also give him calcium fortifed juices. I know they say that juice adds to obesity but my 3 year old is only 30 pounds so I am not concerned. I also gave him cheese when he was one and he still eats it today. I am not a milk drinker so it is hard to push milk onto him. He never took formula - he nursed until he was a year.
Sarah - posted on 02/19/2009
My daughter was the same way. This is what I had to do. My daughter loves drinking water so at first I would just put a little bit of milk in her water just enought to make it kinda foggy. Then the next day I would add some more until finally she was drinking straght whole milk. I also offered the milk when I knew she would be really thirsty. Like with pancakes or a PBJ sandwitch. Good luck
Do you need to wean her from the breast? She may not be ready to wean.
Also humans children don't need to have cows milk, but if she must wean and you want to give her a milk, you could try goat or soy milk or another type of milk. My kids love vanilla soy milk. Cow milk is high on the allergen list... good luck!
Jenny - posted on 01/23/2009
There is no rule that says babies have to drink cow's milk. The protiens in cow's milk are more difficult for babies to digest. Babies have ways of letting us know when they don't want something. Maybe it doens't set right in her tummy. They can get the same nutrition from other foods. You can also try soy milk or rice milk. It's just as nutritious.
But it's okay for your baby not to drink milk.
Jana - posted on 01/23/2009
My daughter didn't get into really drinking cows milk until after she was weaned (around 15 months) Then she hated cows milk, we mixed it with pumped milk but still no luck. What worked for her was putting skim mik in her sippy cup then working up to whole milk over about a months time. But like I said she dind't really get into it until I stopped nursing her.
I waited a while to offer milk to my daughter. She weaned at 13 months and was ready to leave the breast. Follow your instinct and try not to push the change if your child isn't ready. My daughter actually transitioned to eating yogurt before she weaned. Yobaby makes a great one that is just yogurt and one that has cereal too. My girl never liked the one with cereal.
Stefanie - posted on 01/23/2009
She doesn't NEED cow's milk (after all, she isn't a baby cow ;) ), you just have to make sure she is getting enough fat, calcium and liquids into her that cow's milk would provide. An excellent source of this is breastmilk. WHO recommends breastfeeding until at least 2, and it is an amazing source of Vit. A (along with all the other stuff) for children ages 1-3 whom most likely have picky diets. If you are weaning, then just try and get calcium and fats into her in other ways, and make sure she is drinking plenty of fluids.
Natalie - posted on 01/23/2009
Hi Sarah, none of my 3 children went onto cows milk, and have never really liked it at all. They are all very healthy at 14, 11 and 8 yrs of age. Yes I have stopped breastfeeding ha ha, but still have a passion for the mum and bub union. Sometimes it can be bubs natural protective mechanism as cows milk and soy milk protein are high on the list of allergens for bubs.
Danielle - posted on 01/22/2009
I am a working breastfeeding mom of a 15 month old. I think you should be proud of you and your baby for making it a year with successful breastfeeding (it is what doctors reccomend). What I have found is that weaning is a process and it might be long...try to have other people offer her whole milk, maybe try soy, try out of a straw (my daughter really loves straws). Try to refrain from nursing one time a day or to slowly allow her to nurse less frequently. Ignore any comments from others and do what works for you, your baby and your family. She will slow down and stop with gentle encouragement over time. My daughther has just let me start to give her milk in the last 11/2. Good luck, keep trying and be patient.
Olivia - posted on 01/22/2009
she doesn't have to drink milk. The point is to get enough calcium etc if you're actually weaning. (Are you?) Milk isn't the only way of getting that. She does need to drink a fluid so she stays hydrated, but water is fine for that. (Double check your water doesn't have fluoride in it, though, it's not good for little people.) If you're seriously worried that she's not getting enough calcium, protein etc., try giving her yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese/ricotta, even cream/sour cream etc. instead, either plain or as an ingredient.
APril - posted on 01/22/2009
My little one is going to be one in March and he doesn't like milk either. Does your little one take formula, cause if she'll take that it can be a transitional item of choice. If she'll take formula, gradually mix it with milk until it's mostly milk. Have you tried warming it up? Another trick may be to sprinkle some cereal in it (cereal for 8 months and up has some fruit flavours) to give it a different taste. Cow's milk just isn't as sweet as wonderful breast milk! Don't stress, if you are returning back to work she will adapt to not having the breast throughout the day, and eventually she will accept the milk. Just try a couple new tricks and see if they help!
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