my son wont drink milk!

Zoe - posted on 04/27/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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any type of milk
he hasnt since he was around 7 months old!
he wont touch formula at all. i even tried "tricking" him and adding milkshake powder to it and it didnt work.

im trying to add milk as much as possible to meals but i dont know what else to do!
poor child eating that much cheese and yoghurts in untrue

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Amanda - posted on 01/02/2011

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My boy is not fussed on milk too much either - I BF him until a month ago bit tried to wean him onto milk for six months! he'll drink a hot chocolate in his bottle made from real cocoa, sugar, 1/3 hot water 2/3 milk but wont drink it in a cup???

Jessie - posted on 12/31/2010

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does he do ok with cheese and yougurt? we didn't find out my son was intolerant to dairy until he was one. he was primarily breastfed but the few times he had formula or we tried to give him other milk he would refuse or get ill (diarrhea, gas, etc)

Abby-lee - posted on 12/30/2010

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I really wouldn't worry. Baby I was nanny to refused breast/formula all kinds of milk from 5 months and is a strapping 18 year old lad now. You don't need to be so heavy on the cheese, just blend all his food with milk (cow or formula) instead of water and give a milky meal (cereal, porridge, yoghurt) instead of a bottle feed. So you might give cereal at 7am and Porridge at 8am (where other babies would have breast/bottle at 7am and Porridge at 8am), then plenty of water in the day, lunch (potato,meat, veg blended with milk and then some fruit), tea (pasta and tomato sauce blended with milk and a yog) at 5.30pm and a final bowl of porridge before bed at 7pm. Dont stress about the milk-you will only make him stressed

Genia - posted on 04/27/2010

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wow I'm surprised his doctor is not more concerned! How old is he? 9 or 10 months right? I had a few more ideas...



formula popsicles (you could try freezing it in ice cubes and putting it into one of those mesh feeders...could also try mixing with some juice for flavor before freezing)

you could try making smoothies with formula, then he would get the formula plus some fresh fruits (smoothies also make great popsicles)

I have seen recipes for homemade formulas for non-milk tolerant babies that used homemade beef stock. You could see if he will drink some of that and also homemade chicken stock. It is full of healthy fat, protein and minerals.

When I was a baby i was lactose and soy-intolerant so my mom raised me on raw goat's milk. you could try that.

kefir is a good yogurt-like drink.



If all else fails i would try to make sure every bite he takes packs a nutritional punch. Avacado has really healthy fat, if he doesn't like it keep offering it or try to mush it up and mix it into things (another thing that hides really well in smoothies). Coconut products have that great high in linoleic acid fat. Try cooking everything with good quality extra-virgin coconut oil. Offer coconut milk (again, good in smoothies). Give him scrambled egg yolks (and hard boiled - high in protein, iron and calcium i think). Are you giving him plain whole milk yogurt? If he eats sweetened yogurt try mixing it 50/50 with plain whole yogurt. Other than that I would offer lots of fruits and veggies, and a really wide variety of them. Broccolli has calcium too. Spinach is great. Oh and is he on a multi-vitamin? This must be very stressfull for you. ((HUGS))

Zoe - posted on 04/27/2010

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i have yer they said aslong as he is getting enough calories and im giving him calcioum as much as i can then its ok.
but i dont think he is getting enough calcium as he needs :(
hes a small baby, although his parents arent very tall, he should be taller than what he is.
when can he have cows milk?? and ill try him with that

Genia - posted on 04/27/2010

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Have you talked to a doctor about this? At this age he should be getting almost all of his nourishment from breastmilk or a breastmilk substitute. Try cutting back on solids and offering formula all the time. try cups, bottles, sports bottles, spoon feeding it, straws. Try it iced or warm. Try it in different settings, maybe he'd be more willing when outside and distracted, or maybe he needs to be in a quiet dark room cradled in your arms. I hope one of my ideas will help! I know it was very nerve-wracking when my oldest son went on a nursing strike at 9.5 months old.

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