how can i make my 5 year old drink milk after a year stop?

Dania - posted on 02/02/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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i have tried all flavored milks and so many rewarding things but in vain

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Diane - posted on 02/05/2010

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milk is only one of the calcium rich foods available, yoghurt, cheese, custard for example, also many breakfast cereals are calcium enriched now, if your little one will accept substitutes then why worry about milk? just one more thing, i wouldnt offer flavoured milks etc our kids already have way too much sugar in thier diets dont you think?

Kellie - posted on 02/04/2010

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I agree with sylvia. In fact I think we are the only country that consumes milk like we do. We think its a staple in a healthy diet for our kids when really your daughter can get the same benefits from any other dairy product. My daughter stopped drinking formula at 11 months and refused to drink milk. She will eat cereal with it but that's all. She loves cheese, yogurt, and cottage cheese, so we compromised and I put her on a good vitamin for my own peace of mind. She's four years old, healthy and active.

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Deanna - posted on 02/13/2010

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I would check her for a milk allergy to start. Our bodies naturally develop a dislike to foods we are allergic too. My daughter hates any milk products and we found she was allergic. You can also try soy products enriched with calcium or chewable calcium pills. Don't force it.

Andrea - posted on 02/07/2010

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He doesn't have to drink milk. Every once in a while my son does, but not very often. He loves other dairy- yogurt, cheese.

Jennifer - posted on 02/06/2010

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After one year, they lose the ability to digest dairy, so it probably doesn't agree with your child. Why are you interested in having your child drink milk? There are plenty of people who do fine without it.

Angie - posted on 02/05/2010

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I'm not sure if it's true, but I have read some studies that say that there is a compound in chocolate that prevents the body from properly absoring calcium. While a product might have a lot of calcium in it, that doesn't mean that the body will absorb it. My girls are milk drinker so I give them the things that Sylvia talked about.

Diane - posted on 02/05/2010

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fully agree with sylvia, milk is just one thing, lots of ppl dont like it , just swap for something else

Joanie - posted on 02/04/2010

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I agree with using choc.milk. Niobe uses white milk for cereal and hot coco but as for just drinking it is always choc.

Sylvia - posted on 02/03/2010

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I'm going to come at this from a different perspective than everybody else, and say ... don't.

I love dairy products -- cheese of all kinds, ice cream, yoghurt, tzatziki, cottage cheese, cream cheese, whipped cream, custard, caffè latte, you name it -- but I hate hate hate drinking milk. Seriously, it repulses me. My mom is the same -- yet we spent my entire childhood fighting tooth and nail over my refusal to drink milk, because at some point some paediatrician told her that kids need to drink X glasses of milk every day. She paid for a 250mL carton of milk every school day for six years, despite my telling her over and over that I wasn't going to drink the milk, I hadn't drunk the milk, I had given it to a classmate or thrown it away. What a waste of time, money, and energy!

And the thing is, I was consuming tons of dairy. It just wasn't in the form of glasses of milk.

Some people just don't like milk, and there's nothing to be done about it. So you might try just laying off the milk and making sure to offer lots of cheese, yoghurt, etc.

Anthea - posted on 02/03/2010

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My daughter did the same, so i took her out and let her choose the milk of choice and she chose a yoghurt drink instead. So at night time, i would make her a warm drink in a juice bottle (she was 5 at the time) and give it to her. I usually made her something like Milk and honey... she loved it and still drinks that every night. I didn't tell her it was milk. I said it was honey tea. Now she drinks milk without a problem. I just disguise it for her!!! :) good luck!

Tina - posted on 02/02/2010

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I have had this problem with both of my girls... adopted from foster care who were never fed healthy diets... I just gave it to them a couple of ounces with other foods (usually with a meal) and gradually increased the amount until they got used to it. Now they both drink it without complaint and my 10 yr. old actually asks for it! A special cup (character she really likes, cool straw) might help too. Just be patient. :-)

Beck - posted on 02/02/2010

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What did she stop for? And if she really dislikes milk its self, you could have other dairy products like yogurt, cheese, cream, smoothies, ect. You could also put it with other things like cerial. Get calcium rich foods to accommodate her needs. And try not to call it milk when introducing these things, as if she thinks differently, it may help her get over it quicker.

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