not wanting to drink milk

Sarah - posted on 12/05/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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We are in the process of switching my one year old over to milk from formula. So far she wants nothing to do with the milk and throws the cup on the floor. Any sugggestions to get her to drink milk? I know it's very important to her growth so I will try anything. Thank you!!!

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Brandi - posted on 12/28/2009

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you could mix the formula with the milk,or it could be if your giving the milk to her cold, try heating the milk up. I did this with my 1 year old daughter and she finally took it...also you could put some strawberry flavoring or something in the milk, maybe its the taste. My daughter loves the strawberry milk and will even drink it cold, otherwise she has the milk heated up.

Cassi - posted on 12/27/2009

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My boys are both lactose intolerant so they drink lactose free milk. They love it. My husband doesn't care for it he says it's too sweet. So maybe when switching to milk you could try lactose free instead. I find that the store brand is better than Lactade Brand and cheaper. Hope that might help. Good luck.

Sarah - posted on 12/27/2009

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someone had the same advice but i just warmed up the milk. tried last week with cold milk and he had none of it, threw it on the floor. warmed it up and it was gone in 60 seconds

Ashley - posted on 12/22/2009

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Try a different sippy...I like the NUK sippy the best:) They are a little on the pricey side but it's worth it!!! They have them at Walmart.

Natalie - posted on 12/19/2009

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It was super hard to get my daughter to drink milk also my doctor said to just do the half and half and slowly introduce it but in the meantime just make she to get yogurt and two pieces of cheese into her and that way she is still getting what she needs while she is getting used to milk,

Cortney - posted on 12/18/2009

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Sounds familiar. I tried mixing a little bit of drinkable yogurt in with the milk. I also ran it under hot water to knock the chill off. My daughter really will not drink milk from a cup so we are doing bottles still. Hope this helps. Gradual is the key!

Jenny - posted on 12/18/2009

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I can't get Amy to drink formula or cows milk, warm or cold. The doctor said she might take it once I completely stop breastfeeding (currently she get's a morning and a night feed). I just give her a serve of yogurt or cheese each day to keep up the calcium.

Lori - posted on 12/17/2009

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I'm having a hard time too. My son had only had breastmilk until his birthday, and since I don't get much milk when I pump, it's not an option for me to try gradually adding cow's milk to breastmilk. One time he drank a little more when I warmed the milk, but that trick doesn't work every time for him. You might also try a fun cup with a straw. We went to Olive Garden recently, and they gave him a plastic cup with a lid and straw. He loves the characters on the cup, so he drank a little more yesterday and today when he got to use that cup. He's probably getting less than 3 oz. per day, so we have a long way to go. I'm going to hold out a few more weeks before trying any sort of flavoring; it's not a habit I want to start unless we absolutely have to.

Kari - posted on 12/16/2009

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my daughter is drinking like 8oz of milk with one scoop of formula in it, she wont take it unless its warmed up...having the same prob, good luck

Annie - posted on 12/14/2009

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I began slowly transitioning Gabe to whole milk when he was about 10 and a half months, he began to dislike the taste of formula and was not drinking anything at all. Now he has some "cold" that has lasted for like almost three weeks and is beginning to refuse whole milk period. When I was pregnant with him, I would only drink chocolate milk, i can not stand the taste of normal milk, so my husband thought that since that was what I drank during pregnancy to add a small drop or two into his bottles, and he is doing perfectly fine, minus all the coughing he does after he drinks it due to whatever he has. But I would suggest if things do not work out after a while adding a lil flavor to it all, and think back if you drank it a certain way that maybe your child would want it that way as well.

Kellie - posted on 12/11/2009

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I did what Stacy did! Switched all four of mine cold turkey although my youngest will only drink it if i take the chill of it in the microwave first! also try flavoured milk !

Jen - posted on 12/10/2009

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I actually found a powder multi-vitamin in vanilla flavor and if that is in the milk my lil monster will drink it up fast. Found at FredMeyer in the "Health food section".

Breanne - posted on 12/09/2009

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iv been having my daughter ashlyn drink very vanilla silk soy milk, since her formula is soy based shes been doing really great with it. and its has a sweetness to it and it has the same nutrition as milk. as soon as u get them on drinking that start adding reg milk a 25% at a time and they wont notice the differnece. it makes weaning alot easier and the baby with love it for the taste.

Carly - posted on 12/08/2009

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Yep sounds very much like what my bubba did, I transitioned it slowley aswell, and now he loves it, but i water it down a little aswell as its summer here and he needs water aswell.

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Same w/ mine but we added 1 ounce of milk to her bottle and when she was ok drinking that added a little more and then w/in a week she transitioned! But when I was adding more then 1 ounce to start she was throwing it on the floor!!

Stacy - posted on 12/07/2009

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I dunno, some parents are too nice. I switched both of my kids cold turkey. If they didn't' take to it right away they would eventually.

Jessica - posted on 12/05/2009

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Slowly Switch her By Doing Mostly Formula with a little milk for a couple days then slowly transition it until its all milk! :D

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