toddler refuses to drink his formula, prefers plain water... is this okay?

Glocel - posted on 08/29/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is now 20 months old. He has been breastfed from birth til 18 months. He rejected the bottle early. Now after I weaned him from breastfeeding, he liked his baby formula at first (ie. formula for 9 -24mos). For the past few weeks, he wouldn't drink much and would resist drinking his formula. He would rather prefer water. I also tried changing formula brands but he still refuses. It always comes to a struggle between us when it comes to making him drink. He doesn't want fruit juices, yogurt juice (but he eats yogurt), smart sips, etc. He is just contented with drinking water. His only formula intake is that mixed with his cereal in the morning. He is a very active and healthy boy, but I am concerned about his fluid intake. Is this okay?

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Jessi - posted on 08/30/2009

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Water is very important! I think it is great that your son is interested in it. There are way too many toddlers who only want milk or juice. My daughter drinks mostly water during the day, except for at meals, when she gets whole milk. I offer her milk other times during the day when she is thirsty, but she often prefers the water. She is a very happy, healthy girl! Good luck!

Darlene - posted on 08/30/2009

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Water is really important, but I would talk to your doctor about giving him whole milk. My doctor said Justin should drink between 12 and 20 oz of it a day.

Jen - posted on 08/29/2009

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I say give him whole milk. My friend just weaned her 17 month old and never gave her formula. She puts the milk in a sippy or bottle, warms it for a few seconds in the microwave and gives it to her. Your son will need the extra calcium and fat now that he is not getting breast milk. I wouldn't take the water away completely, but try to get him to drink a small cup of milk before you give him a cup of water. You may also have to put flavor in the milk or even start giving him one of those nutritious milk shake things. You may also consider giving him a children's vitamin daily so that you know he's getting what he needs.

Wendy - posted on 08/29/2009

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Have you tried whole milk yet? We mix yogurt with whole milk for an extra punch of protein. We call them "smoothies" in our house! :) Our son only drinks milk, water & smoothies. Good Luck!

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