My 15 month old refuses to drink milk...any suggestions on how to get him drinking it?

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Louise - posted on 03/03/2010

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Hi,

Don't worry about the milk my daughter has not drank milk from day one. Abbie hates milk and cheese and has not drank them since she was 4 months old. If you are worried about the calcium in take give white fish and broccoli yoghurts and eggs. Most breads are fortified with calcium so your child will be getting enough. For example 2 slices of bread is enough calcium for a child under 5 alone. I have had to do my homework on these foods as Abbie refuses milk. It is annoying that every baby seems to like milk but your own. I sneak a bit in when I am mashing foods for her and I have given her Kindervital from the health food shop which is a supplement for children which contains calcium. Hope this helps.

Megan - posted on 03/27/2010

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From Mayo Clinic Nutritionist Katherine Zeratsky, RD, LD

"Chocolate contains oxalate — a naturally occurring compound in cocoa beans — which can inhibit the absorption of calcium. Calcium binds to oxalate in your intestines, limiting its absorption into your bloodstream."

Studies still don't indicate if this can have big enough impact on a person getting sufficient calcium in their diet, but if you are giving a child only milk for their calcium requirement then you are just treading water so to speak. Doctors get no nutritional training in med school so it doesn't surprise me that you Dr said it was okay.

Tina - posted on 03/01/2010

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I just spoke with my 'illness is optional' professional and he advised that water & diluted juice were best. I expressed my concern for Liam not wanting to drink milk. He told me not to worry as milk was for cows and since Liam's diet is great... all lean protein, whole grains, fruits & veggies with small amounts of dairy (yogurt) as treats... he said unless I see Liam not thriving, uninterested in his surroundings or otherwise 'not his normal self' to let him know. I suggest yogurts or even the blended yogurt drinks. Liam loves drinking yogurt. Sometimes I blend yogurt, milk & frozen berries as a healthy (& teething pain relief) treat! Yogurt is the new Milk!!! HAHA Plus it has probiotics... super healthy and will keep the pesky diarrhea at bay during those sick times.

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Heather - posted on 03/26/2010

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Megan L. I want to see the research that back up what you said that the chocolate keeps you from absorbing calcium. I understand leafy greens absorbing better than milk but I don't think the chocolate prevents anything good from absorbing. My doctors have always said, 'if it encourages them to drink the milk, let them have it.'

Amanda - posted on 03/26/2010

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My son is on step 3 formula for his last bottle and the rest of the day on regular milk but he won't take it if it's not at tea temp. Try that if all else fails. He hates cold anything. Trying to get him to have cheese and yogurt has been a struggle. Boy's can be fussy I guess.

Erin - posted on 03/10/2010

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Why do you need milk anyways? The calcium in leafy greans absorbs into your body better than milk, and they are much better for you.

Jeanine - posted on 03/03/2010

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My 16 month old JUST started drinking milk...the tricks...first, I gave it to her in a big girl cup...she will ONLY take it that way...she will drink water and juice from a sippy cup but not milk. The other think that I have done is make her little yogurt smoothies. I take 1 tablespoon of yogurt and mix it with a little milk. She drinks it and begs for more!

I do agree with the others above though...it really isn't necessary for your little one to drink milk if he is eating enough other dairy and calcium rich foods. Good luck! :-)

Kristel - posted on 03/02/2010

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Maybe it's the temperature of the milk? My 16 mo still will not drink cold milk -- it must be warmed to at least room temperature. She also gets plenty of dairy eating whole milk Greek yogurt, drinking kefir, and eating string cheese. Perhaps your LO can get dairy from one of these alternative sources.

Rachel - posted on 03/02/2010

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My 14 mth old won't drink it either. We are trying the 1/2 formula 1/2 milk, but he has weight problems so we are having to give him pediasure to. I don't think the pediasure is helping him get used to milk though. He likes the pediasure better. lol

Krista - posted on 02/28/2010

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I dont have any suggestion on getting him to drink it because my 16 month old daughter is the same way....I had to eventually just start giving calcium in other forms like cheese, fruit with yogurt on it, ice cream (smoothies and milkshakes are fun for them) etc., Good luck!

Annie - posted on 02/26/2010

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We also took the chocolate nesquick milk route and we had a talk with our child's primary doctor, another doctor in the practice as well as an allergist........ all three of them said that adding some chocolate syrup to the whole milk is totally fine as long as they are drinking it they are still getting that calcium.

Glenda - posted on 02/25/2010

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I just recently (like yesterday) got my 15 month old to start drinking milk. He was drinking the Enfamil "Next Step" formula. I mixed it 1/2 formula and 1/2 2% milk for 2 days and last night gave him just 2% milk. Mine didn't like whole milk, but he is good enough on his weight, the dr. said start him on 2% and he is drinking that just fine. That's what I would suggest.

Melanie - posted on 02/25/2010

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I wouldn't really worry about it if you give them yoghurt cheese and lots of veges that should balance your baby out with the calcium they need

Megan - posted on 02/22/2010

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i really wouldn't worry about it. my kids don't drink anything but water. they ear cheese, yogurt and eat leafy green veggies for their calcium requirments. when you had chocolate to milk it makes the calcium unusable so I wouldn't go that route.

Cori - posted on 02/22/2010

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have you tried flavoring it a little bit with either chocolate or strawberry nesquick? when i started my son i just added like half a teaspoon to it and it got him to drink milk and now he doesnt even need the flavoring he will just drink plain milk

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