any body knows how to make my baby drink milk

Dina - posted on 10/17/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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my 15 month baby does not eat any thing or even drink milk. i really hate when she refuse eating . she is now 15 months and she only weights 9 k.g.

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Samantha - posted on 10/17/2009

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i cant really help you with the food thing but with milk put a little dark choc in it.... choc milk. that is the only way i can get my 14 month old to drink milk. i dont really have any ideas on food, my son was the same way. it has taken me 3 months to get him to eat normal foods, and even now it is a very small variety.

Cindy - posted on 10/17/2009

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If she's not drinking or eating why isn't she dead? Seriously?

If she's a booby baby, can't help you. But if she's a bottle baby. Mix her milk 25/75 with formula and work your way to 75/25 milk to formula and then 100% milk.



And, chocolate milk syrup is a god send. IF you can get her to drink choloate milk do it.

If she's not eating "Food" I have to ask what kind of food? Baby food? Your dinner? What? If it's babyfood, you eat it. It's pretty discusting. Your dinner, are you a bad cook? No. Try ketsup.



I'm not trying to be cruel. I have two boys. Polar opposites. One likes, one hates. One eats, one starves. The eldest (3) will go 3 days with out eating much, then go crazy for foods. He's known for eating 6 slices of toast in a sitting then eating nothing for 24 hours. He'll eat potatoes at my mom's, hates them at home. He's 42 inches tall and weighs 42 pounds.

*My July baby would rather not eat unless his big brother is eating too*. This week he likes special K cereal, last week he ate nothing but fruit loops for breakfast. He likes food he can feed himself - cherrios are a hit. I cut up his toast into strips, so he can feed himself. Macaroni and cheese is another big favorite. Ravioli and meat sauce, cut up just small enough for him to grab and not choke. He will tolerate baby food Fruit but nothing else.



*His Ped says bad eaters should only be getting 24oz of milk a day.*

If you are not using a bottle, but a sippy cup, maybe you have the wrong style.

Good luck.

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Ambreen - posted on 11/28/2009

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Your baby sounds so much like mine who is also b/f.... I find giving her a structured schedule helps. Sometimes that means 4-5hrs with no meals or snacks and then she is soooo hungry that she has no option but to eat, and then I'll give her all the hearty stuff I want her to take in, ie/ chicken, potatoes, pasta, whatever she loves. I put a tablespoon of butter in all of her food (for the fat b/c she too is a very picky eater). She loves finger foods and prefers foods that require minimal chewing. For breakfast I normally give her a pear. I buy it about 4 days prior then when it's really soft I give her some small chunks and she hardly has to chew and can take it down easily. Plus by this point it's very sweet and juicy and she loves it. She has a danone yogurt drink for breakfast too - they're so deliscious she can't resist. Then I give her just enuff b/m for her morning nap ( not too much) and pasta with red sauce for lunch always does the trick - but this c/b 3 hrs after she wakes up (she has to be good and hungry) and at this poitn she is willing to take whole milk (2 ounces iwth her meal)....but having a time table and sticking to it, with no snacks really helped me. Taking her to the mall in the stroller during period of her starving and handing her a banana made her shockingly eat foods she normally never touched at home. I didn't even think my daughter could swallow bananas b/c at home she acts like she's choking....when push comes to shove nad hunger pervails they'll surprise u!

Kanika - posted on 11/27/2009

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My 16 month old was refusing milk as well, until I added some Nestle's strawberry syrup & now she's a bit more willing to drink iit.

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My little guy likes his milk but is a picky eater. He only weighs 21 pounds, but i'm not worried because the doctor says he's growing. As long as she is growing and healthy i would not worry about it too much.

Terri - posted on 11/18/2009

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With the eating you have to find what it is they like for a while and buy in bulk, always offer a wider selection but include the favorite.

Terri - posted on 11/18/2009

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Children really don't have to have milk to get their Vitamin D you can use chewables, there are also fruits and veggies that can take the place check web MD

Pink - posted on 11/18/2009

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Dina breastmilk has all the nutrients needed so don't try to force her to have milk, as long as she gets your milk, even if only that, she'll be allright, we were made to do this and if she's happy be happy too, the weight is good, perfect for a girl i'd say unless you can see her bones all over because she is very very tall? If not then don't fret, she'll eat all in time and you might even find yourself stopping her in the future from eating too much =D. Just go along with her timings. Not all babies have the same ones. Did you know if noboody told us what to do we would breastfeed our babyies for as late as 6 y.o. because this is naturally possible? It's just society that tells us what to do, but are we sheep?

Evonne - posted on 11/18/2009

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One of my triplets doesn't like milk. She is fasinated with new things. She has learned to drink from a straw. I mix milk & Carnation Instant Breakfast in a small open cup, not a sippy cup, and she drinks about 2-3 ozs at a feeding. I supplement her vitamin D intake with Poly-visol drops in her diluted apple juice, incorporate cheese and buy snacks with calcium, like Gerber Puffs. Just keep trying new things. Keep in mind, just because you don't like certain things your sweetie may love it. Hang in there!

Jenessa - posted on 11/17/2009

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if you were feeding her formula start putting milk in with it. with my daughter i did 25% milk 75% formula and then slowly started adding more milk and less formula. i had her drinking milk in about a week. as for food feed her what you eat, sit down with her for lunch. maybe if she sees you eating the same thing she'll want to eat it too. take a bite and tell how yummy it is and then try to get her to take a bite, and if she does clap for her and tell her what a big girl she is and give her lot of praise.

Roberta - posted on 11/14/2009

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my daughter is 17.6 lbs and 28inches long. she will be 16months. soon too.. i wasn't able to get her to take just plan whole milk at all since she was breast feeding off me.. but recently i just got her to take strawberry and chocolate nest-quick in her whole milk. she eats normal food and drinks breast milk a few times a day as well as a bottle or two of nest-quick in whole milk

Janet - posted on 11/12/2009

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We switched my daughter by dilluting it. She was drinking 8 ounces of formula so. . .
Day 1: 1 ounce milk/ 7 ounces water
Day 2: 2 ounces milk/ 6 ounces water
Day 2: 3 ounces milk/ 5 ounces water
Etc. ..
but if she still isnt taking the milk while dilluting it, lower the amount of milk to water. I also used to mix in a scoop or two of powdered formula that I still had for the flavor in her bedtime bottle because she wouldnt drink it other wise

Hillary - posted on 11/11/2009

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it might sound a little mean but i didnt give my kids a choice i put milk in their bottle or cup and handed it to them the resisted at first but once they got thristy enough they would drink it and the same with dinner foods i set them at the table with food and they eat or dont but my kids eat my 6 year old still thinks sometimes that if she dont eat dinner i will make her something else but that does not happen she will eventually figure it out after fighting about it for a while then eat what was given to her.

Tiffany - posted on 11/09/2009

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I know how you feel, my son will be 16 months the 16th. and he weighs 8.6 kg. He has to drink 3 8oz. bottles of pediasure a day for 1100 calories, plus what little food he will eat to even maintain a semi-ok weight. I'm not sure how to help with the milk, cause mine cannot just drink it or he severly looses weight. If nothing else ask your doc. about putting her on some pediasure so se gets some of the nutrients that she is missing from the food. Sorry I cant help more.

Michelle - posted on 11/08/2009

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my 15 month old breastfeed baby won't drink cow's milk either. She still has two breastfeeds a day. Luckily she is a great eater so she eats cheese and yoghurt each day for her other calcium serve. If there is no rush to give up breatfeeding don't stress, she will be getting calcium and lots of nutrients from the breastmilk. Try yoghurt - bubs can have different flavours or you can mix with other foods. Vanilla yoghurt with avocado is one J's favourites. I find yoghurt is good when she is teething as it is cool on her gums.



Also when you try finger foods, try the same food cut different ways on different days. My daughter will eat some foods (steamed potato) in a chip style cut but steamed carrots she likes in small bite size pieces and won't eat if they are in a chip cut. I have no idea why. For slippery fruit, mix half a banana with some yoghurt, roll the fruit in the banana/yoghurt mix then coat with crushed cereal. (I use weetbix).

Also find a favourite condiment. for many kids it is tomato sauce but my daughter loves pesto or melted cheese. If she ever won't eat her veges I add one or the other and down it goes.

My health nurse also told me to look at what they eat for a week rather than day by day, some days my daughter eats heaps and other she eats hardly anyhting but over the week it evens out.

I hope some of these ideas helps. let me know how you go.

Heather - posted on 10/29/2009

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when I switched my daughter from breast to milk I used to mix breastmilk and cows milk to get her used to it. I also started with goat's milk, it's the closest to human milk and that really helped. Then just keep adding more and more milk till she's drinking just milk. If all else fails, bring it up at a doc appt.

Tracey - posted on 10/26/2009

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Maybe it's not that she doesn't like it maybe she is allergic to milk products?? Does she eat cheese or any other dairy product and have no problems? I know it's a little far fetched but maybe something you want to look into?

Ashley - posted on 10/20/2009

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I think Angela's advice is great!

Our daughter (15 months) is also breastfed and still nursing. She hates cow's milk as well, warm or cold. If they are nursing, there's no real need for the milk. They are getting a ton of nutrition from the breastmilk. I haven't had the problem of ours not eating, as all mine have been great eaters...there's no stopping them! (I am aware that this isn't uncommon though!) My personal opinion, I would rather my children not drink milk at all if it came down to enticing them with chocolate and sugar to get it down. While my other girls drink milk, I don't feel it's absolutely necessary. (I know many will disagree) There are other sources of nutrition that are as good or better than milk. An alternative is something like almond milk. Keep trying, many times this is key! Kids often have to be exposed to a food several times to get a taste for it. Choose nutritionally dense foods to make every bite count. I am a little curious about her not being able to swallow solid foods and this may be something to check into. Lastly, if her weight and growth are on track for her, don't fret too much! (I know that's easier said than done)

Angela - posted on 10/19/2009

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HI Dina. I had/have the same trouble with my boy. I don't like the idea of chocolate milk, so I mix in some banana in the blender. My doc says he should have 2 cups of milk per day. I can get 1/2 cup in him in morning with his Cheerios and then I mix 1 1/2 cups milk with about 1/3 - 1/2 a banana and keep it in the fridge. Then by the end of the day you know if she has consumed her milk "quota". I give him 1/2 cup at a time. I use a "sippy" cup with a straw. Just make sure you blend it enough so there are not bits of banana getting stuck in the straw. I use the Magic Bullet mixer, it's small so you aren't always washing a blender. As for eating, I think a lot of us struggle with that. I try to make every bite count by giving him nutrient packed foods versus empty calories. Whole wheat pasta, whole grain fig bars, he LOVES avocado cubes. However, he has never liked cheese and has recently decided that he won't eat yogurt either! Check with your doctor, maybe she can help you as well!

Cindy - posted on 10/19/2009

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first of all thanks for your help. my daughter is a breastfeed and i cannot stop her . she like chocolate milk but not the home made one.she only eats rice and soap and refuses any thing else and she eats once a day



Your daughter eats SOAP???? What?

Morgan - posted on 10/19/2009

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Have u tried mixing brest milk 75/25 real milk and every couple weeks add a lil more milk
As far as eating solid foods boil veggies til they are super soft and let her try it out my son is a major texture guy if it feels weird he aint eating it lol

Dina - posted on 10/19/2009

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thanks again yolanda . my daughter likes eating with her own hands and she likes french fries but she cannot swallow any solid food. she does not like baby food. i think she has no rule in eating, it is not a problem of the kind of food it is a problem of timing.

Yolanda - posted on 10/17/2009

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Glad I could help some what:) As for the food issue, my son like rice with his soup:). Have you tried giving her something she can eat with her hands? My son love french fries that I make at home and ketsup on put in on his high chair and let hime go. also chicken I give him the drumstick and he has a field day. Try mixing something with the rice besides soup and see how she does I mix his veg in with it so I know he will eat it. By the way did she like the baby food? And what solids did you introduce to her? Every two weeks I let him try something new. He knows what he likes and dislikes already.

Dina - posted on 10/17/2009

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Quoting Yolanda:

Was your daughter breastfeed or bottle? That can make a difference. My son was bottle and when turned on he was suppose to drink whole milk. but what I found out was he doesnt like his milk cold so I have to warm it up and then he would drink it. for him to drink it cold I make chocolate milk for him:) As for the food issue what is she not eating? does she still want the baby food or not certain solid foods? If nothing then that is a doctor issue you need to take care of quickly. Let me know?


first of all thanks for your help. my daughter is a breastfeed and i cannot stop her . she like chocolate milk but not the home made one.she only eats rice and soap and refuses any thing else and she eats once a day

Yolanda - posted on 10/17/2009

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Was your daughter breastfeed or bottle? That can make a difference. My son was bottle and when turned on he was suppose to drink whole milk. but what I found out was he doesnt like his milk cold so I have to warm it up and then he would drink it. for him to drink it cold I make chocolate milk for him:) As for the food issue what is she not eating? does she still want the baby food or not certain solid foods? If nothing then that is a doctor issue you need to take care of quickly. Let me know?

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