Any tips on getting my baby to drink milk?

Jenny - posted on 12/04/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My daughter turned 1 on Nov. 24th & I've been trying to get her to drink milk since with no luck! I thought for sure she would love it, but I was wrong. At first she wouldn't take one drink without throwing her nose up at it. Now, I can get her to take a few sips, but that's it. She LOVES water, (which of course I have no problem with) & she never really took onto juice either. Which worries me that she won't ever take any milk. I have slowly gotten to where I can put 2 ounces into her bottle (she gets 2/3 bottles a day before naps/bedtime) & she won't notice. I am also cooking her food with milk as well. Is this normal & does anyone have any tips on how to get your baby to switch to milk? I'm afraid she'll never want milk & then what do I do?

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Naomi - posted on 01/08/2010

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I'm having the same problem with my 14 month old. She won't drink milk at all. There is only so much you can put in her food. Thanks for the tips and I will be trying some of them.

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Kayla - posted on 01/10/2010

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with my son it took him a little bit to get used to the taste of whole milk. he did well for the first few days and then stopped. i worked at home with him and have discovered that i can't pressure him into drinking...he'll drink when he wants and he'll eat when he wants. we still make sure that he's getting what he needs but when we pressured him to drink it just made him more upset. now he's doing wonderfully!

Jessica - posted on 01/10/2010

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My son will be 14 mths on the 21st and he doesn't want to stop breastfeeding!! I try milk all the time and he is offered at daycare...I am really concerned but he does like yogurt and cheese so I make sure he has that through the day. I do work at the daycare he attends so I always go in mid-day and breastfeed him. I am going to discuss all of this with our DR on Tuesday!

Jodie - posted on 01/10/2010

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My son doesnt like to drink much either however he will drink milk with flavouring, flavouring milk powders and milk with milo in it.I try to mix the flavours up and he i happy to drink the milk now.

Mirrhya - posted on 01/08/2010

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Are you weaning from formula or breast? To wean from breast all I had to do was get my husband or my mom to feed him. He would not take it from me at first with me he wanted to breastfeed only, now he will take a bottle (he does need it heated up though).

Marika - posted on 01/08/2010

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Quoting Jenny:

Any tips on getting my baby to drink milk?

My daughter turned 1 on Nov. 24th & I've been trying to get her to drink milk since with no luck! I thought for sure she would love it, but I was wrong. At first she wouldn't take one drink without throwing her nose up at it. Now, I can get her to take a few sips, but that's it. She LOVES water, (which of course I have no problem with) & she never really took onto juice either. Which worries me that she won't ever take any milk. I have slowly gotten to where I can put 2 ounces into her bottle (she gets 2/3 bottles a day before naps/bedtime) & she won't notice. I am also cooking her food with milk as well. Is this normal & does anyone have any tips on how to get your baby to switch to milk? I'm afraid she'll never want milk & then what do I do?



well I was having the same problem until someone told me to use nesquik. Now my son loves it. He will not take a bottle anymore only a straw cup.

Brandi - posted on 12/28/2009

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If you heat her formula up and you are giving her milk cold that could be the problem...try warming her milk up...or even mixing it with formula..or even put a little bit of strawberry flavoring to it and give her strawberry milk...

Becky - posted on 12/27/2009

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my daughter who's also 1 on the 25th nov won't sleep with out a bottle when i gave her cows milk she wouldnt drink it so i put a small scoop of drinking choclate in the she loved it i put less and less in each night untill there was none in there now she loves drinking it has too be warm though. xx

Karina - posted on 12/26/2009

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Our pediatrician said that at this age they need at least 16oz a day. Maybe you want to try give her flavoring milk, I used to give my daughter strawberrie or banana milk (no sugar) and she loved it. Also you can try yogurt or smoothies.

Jennifer - posted on 12/22/2009

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My daughter was the same. She turned one November 14th. What I did was poor the whole milk into her bottle, warm it up and then I added one scoop of this vanilla flavoured toddler nutritional supplement. I live in Canada so Shoppers Drug Mart sells their own Life Brand of the supplement. It just gave it a bit more flavour for her and after a few bottles she was taking it quite nicely. Good luck!

Britnie - posted on 12/12/2009

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i started off by giving my daughter low fat and she took to that, but doctor wants whole milk so i take that and water it down a little and warm it up and she started taking to it. Now i dont have to water it down at all. But she will not drink just water and doesnt take to juice but a little here and there.

Esha - posted on 12/11/2009

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same thing happened with my child also
but now he is drinking milk
you can put bournvita , roohafza, or any other chocolate or strawbery powder in the milk
sometimes you can put sugar
keep changing the taste of the milk
you can give her youghurt twice a day with sometimes sugar or salt
you can give her cheese or any other milk products

Carly - posted on 12/05/2009

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My doctor told me at this age they need about 500mls of milk a day, thats including milk you use in cooking and yoghurts etc. I weaned my little one onto milk from formula, i started. He had 1 scoop of formula per 60 mls, I subsituted 60 mls of formula for milk every 3 or so days and when it came to the last 60 mls of formula i added just water instead, so now he gets about 1/4 water and 3/4 milk.

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