My Son will not drink milk!!

Lisa - posted on 04/05/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Does any one have any ideas on how i can my 21 month old son to drink milk? Up until recently he has been on Cow&Gate 1yr plus but for some reason he will suddenly not drink it! I have tried him on normal cows milk but he will not drink that either! He has weetabix on a morning with milk & eats yogurts but i am worried he is not getting what he needs..!!

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Samantha - posted on 12/05/2012

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my son is 13 months old and just transitioned to the sippy cup for his milk. We are having trouble getting him to drink his milk, but today i made smoothies with some bananas and strawberries and he slurped it down out of a straw sippy cup! worth a try!

Megan - posted on 04/08/2010

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My daughter used to drink a ton of milk but as soon as i took her bottles away, she stopped drinking it. She started drinking it out of her cereal bowl and she will drink it in a cup with no lid. But she eats a lot of other dairy especially cheese,

Alecia - posted on 04/07/2010

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My son is 2 and he understands now that he has to drink at least half a cup of milk for breakfast before he gets anything other than water. He loves juice so he chugs that milk! Haha!

Alexandria - posted on 04/06/2010

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my daughter doesnt drink milk either... it was a struggle for a really long time! not to mention a very picky eater.. i tried flavoring the milk, watering it down, and warming it up. Until the doctor suggested that i try soy milk. It was a lot less thick then actuall milk.. and so i tried it, it took a few days and it worked! now she loves it and it has calcium and vitamin D in it. Its pretty much the same thing its just not as fatty as whole milk

Lisa - posted on 04/06/2010

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Thanks so much for all your help, you have all helped to put my mind at rest... I will certainly be giving all your ideas a go..!! Thanks again :0) X

Michelle - posted on 04/06/2010

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Don't worry - my 20 month old has never drunk formula or cow's milk. She gave up breastfeeding at 17 months. She eats lots of cheese, yoghurt and has milk on her cereal. I try giving her milk every few weeks and I'm sure one day she will decide to drink it. Until then she gets enough calcium from the food she has.
I try to give her lots of variety so she doesn't get bored with the same old options. Here are some of my ideas: Cottage cheese mixed with pureed beetroot or purred chargrilled capsicum, or avocado makes a great dip, cheesy vege patties, vege macaroni cheese, homemade cheese straws, fruit smoothies - there are lots of ways to get calcium into their diet. My daughter is a happy, healthy and very chatty.
If you are really worried see your pediatrician or health nurse.

Amy - posted on 04/05/2010

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Don't worry my Daughter won't drink milk either. I even tried the hated stawberry syrup. she won't drink any thing thick at all. My ped told me to try lactaid free milk, skim milk, soy milk, and almond milk. When all that failed she said don't worry. If you child eats yogurt, cereal with milk, cheese sticks, cottage cheese and any other dairy product they are getting enough calcium. My daughter loves cottage cheese mixed with pinapple topping. Just remember that low fat or fat free foods are surprisingly better because removing the fat leaves more room for the healthy calcium. Try for a few servings a day of various items. they don't have to be big servings and a good vitamin. I hated giving my daughter that liquid vitamin drops so my ped recommended the gummy bears vitamins. 2 a day. My daughter loves them and they go down so easy! good luck!

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Hi, Lisa. Not to worry. My twenty month old son has never drank milk. Simply doesn't favor it. His pediatrician [who is very good, by the way] assured us that he could get what he needs by other means: other dairy products, calcium fortified food and drinks, vitamin drops. It's an easy fix for us -- not a burden at all. My son is active, responsive, healthy, developing well and properly. No problems. Your baby can get along extraordinarily well without it if he continues to refuse it. If you've very serious worries, be sure to ask your pediatrician. Hope this helps!

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