How do I get my son to start drinking whole milk?

Rebecca - posted on 07/13/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My son is 13 months old. I am trying to wean him. I have tried offering him whole milk. He will take a few sips, but then pushes his cup away. Any suggestions?

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Megan - posted on 08/02/2009

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We just weened my 14.5 daughter and she also wouldn't take milk since she was 1. We were told by our doctor to try broccoli or calcium orange juice or the drinkable kids yogurt. We did the drinkable kids yogurt and she loved those. We'd still try giving her milk every now and then and we found that she loves straws and if we put the milk in a straw sippy she's drink it. We'll also feed her pb&j's and she likes milk after that because the peanut butter. Hope I helped some :)

Rebekah - posted on 07/26/2009

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I had a friend who used sugar free syrups to sweeten it (breastmilk being sweeter than cow's) and then tapered it off slowly. Also warming it seems to help intially...

Pamela - posted on 07/25/2009

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My pediatrician says milk is really not that important, and not to push the issue. My 10 year old has never drank milk (due to a milk protein allergy) and he is tall, muscular, and healthy. The 14 month old doesn't seem to care for milk, although I have had some success with cold cereal and milk. You might have some luck with soy milk, try the one for kids, it is sweeter than regular milk.

Sabrina - posted on 07/17/2009

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The advent bottles are best for only breast fed babies b/c of the shape & the airflow. If you have a colic baby the Dr. Browns are great but not shaped like a reg. nipple more of a longer nipple...hope these post help

Sabrina - posted on 07/17/2009

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Well my son never cared for whole milk he liked 2% and 1% better, but start adding it to his formula or breast milk a lil at a time & then he will be fine

Stefani - posted on 07/17/2009

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Quoting Silvia:

What I did was 3/4 formula and the rest whole milk, and the 1/2 and 1/2, continue until you have more milk than formula. The doc even suggested to use 2% for the switch and then continue with the whole. It took me like 3 days for the whole transition.



I agree with u as well. I did the same thing except did one step for a week, then the next for a week and so on. My twins are now 14 months old and no longer heve a bottle, just a sippy with milk, dont know how i got so licky on taking th bottle away so fast, but it worked. lol. I wasnt so lucky with my oither 2. good luck

Carrie - posted on 07/16/2009

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I'm having the same problem. Hated formula too & I refused to pump (he was a breast-fed baby). I don't know how opposed you are to this, but my toddler refuses milk too. She will only drink chocolate milk no matter how hard I try to push the reg kind (she's a former milk lover...one bout with dehydration & pushing juice cured that!) One day, she tried to feed him her milk, & he actually drank a little bit of it without shuddering. I actually give her Nesquick that adds minerals, vitamins, & calcium to the milk. I don't know if you want to go down this road, but its the only way I can get any milk in him at all! Good luck, & please let me know if you come up with a better solution!

Kayla - posted on 07/15/2009

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i could not get my son to drink milk either i had to put the milk in the the microwave for 30 seconds then give it to him it always helped

Shawna - posted on 07/14/2009

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there are a few thing you can try to get them to drink whole milk and when you go to switch them with my son i had to put a little water in with his milk for him to drink it and i slowly decreades the amount of water in the milk till it was all milk... he never seemed to notice the differnce and it worked well for him....you can also do half milk and half formula/breastmilk and slowly decrease the amount of formula/breastmilk in the bottle till it is just milk be patient they say it takes at least 2 days when switching yout child from one thing to anouther

Cathralynn - posted on 07/14/2009

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My daughter did the same thing when we started whole milk. I asked her doc and he said babies over a year old don't have to have milk. They need 24oz of dairy a day, that can include cheese, yogurt etc. So I just stopped formula cold turkey and we were stopping bottles period ( I think that was the weird part for her). She ate well so if she didn't drink much milk I fed more dairy foods. It only took a few days to a week for her to drink more milk on her own after she got used to the new routine. However she still doesn't drink the same volume from a cup that she did from a bottle. We rely more on dairy foods. My doc also mentioned children's nutritional drinks. We didn't try them but you might if worried about nutrition. I think some are flavored. Ask your doc.

Toni - posted on 07/13/2009

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Is the milk warm or cold when you give it to him? I had the same issue with my daughter I started to add breastmilk with her milk and she would drink it..each day I would reduce the amount of breastmilk and add more regular milk. One day I said well lets see if she takes it, I warmed up the cows milk and she drank it like a champ! If you havent tried this, it won't hurt. Good luck

Silvia - posted on 07/13/2009

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What I did was 3/4 formula and the rest whole milk, and the 1/2 and 1/2, continue until you have more milk than formula. The doc even suggested to use 2% for the switch and then continue with the whole. It took me like 3 days for the whole transition.

Rebecca - posted on 07/13/2009

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Try doing half breast milk/ formula and half whole milk and gradually building up to all milk. To get my daughter used to the taste i used it in her cereal too. I weaned her at 11 and a half months and we have had no major issues so far. Personally i don't think adding sweet things to the milk it is a good idea. It may get him to like it but then he will always want the sweetened milk and not like normal whole milk! Plus it's not the best for those little teeth!
Anyway best of luck i hope this helps!

Dawn - posted on 07/13/2009

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are you using breast milk or formula? what we did for our daughter was to mix half formula and half milk in her cup and then slowly started using less formula and more milk. then since she still didn't really like it we got those drinkable yogurts and mixed those into the milk and she LOVED it!! and when we didn't have any yogurt we used a squirt of chocolate or strawberry syrup. one squirt won't hurt.

hope this helps.

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