My one year old won't drink milk. Any suggestions?

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I have tried it in 3 different kinds of cups, in his bottle, mixing it with formula, mixing in choc & strawberry syrup, & cutting it with water. Who knew they could be so stubborn already! =)

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Dionna - posted on 11/13/2008

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It could make a difference if the milk is too cool. If you were breastfeeding your breast milk was warm so try warming the milk.

Michelle - posted on 11/15/2008

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i did it.. i cut out all juice and everything and would only give her milk to drink ( I am not nursing though) and it worked! I did it for 24 hours and yesterday gave her juice when we were out and came home and gave her milk in a sippy cup and she drank it just fine. So it works - at least on my child!

Eileen - posted on 11/13/2008

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I wouldn't cut out nursing and other fluids just to force the milk. It's just my opinion, but I think that kind of stress (on both of you!) would just make the transition more difficult. I've had similar issues with my daughter not wanting whole milk, but my ped said that because she's still nursing and will eat cheese and yogurt, that pushing the whole milk is really of no concern at all. I'm just going to keep offering it and hope that she's into it by the time she weans.

Jennifer - posted on 11/12/2008

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Mine either ... someone told me to a) stop all nursing, b) stop all drinks (even water) except milk ... and within 2 days they apparently come around. I have not been brave enough to go that route yet.

Sarah - posted on 11/12/2008

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I tried whole milk, low-fat milk, watered-down, mixed with formula, mixed with breastmilk, mixed with juice... My daughter would hardly touch it. I found out she LOVES banana milk, and raisin milk. I love that they are perfectly healthy options.
I blend a banana and about 8 oz of milk.
I soak some raisins in milk overnight and strain them out before giving it to her.

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Kerrie - posted on 11/13/2008

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I actually spoke to Cora's doc about this at her one year. Cora is also not intrested in milk. Doc suggested exactly what Jennifer Wilson posted. I too have been afraid to try that.

Michelle - posted on 11/13/2008

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I am trying the same thing today with nothing but milk... my daughter will drink milk but only in a bottle. I have tried everything to get her to drink it out of a sippy cup so we can get rid of the bottles but no such luck.

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Thank you guys so much, I LOVE the banana milk Idea from Sarah Melendez.

I will try all of your suggestions!

June

Nicole - posted on 11/12/2008

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My twins are the same way. I tried everything to get them to drink milk too. They just won't drink it. I give it to them everyday and they take a drink or two but that's it. It's only been a week but I am not giving up. I called the doctor and she told me that as long as they are getting a balanced diet it's ok. That a lot of babies just don't like milk.

Cynthia - posted on 11/11/2008

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hey june! I am dealing with the same issue with my daughter who is 13mths. I think it will just take time. My daughter is definitely in the phase where she wants to eat/drink everything she sees me eating/drinking. So I started drinking more milk and gave her sips from my cup and then would pour a little bit in her sippy cup and gave it to her and she is slowly adjusting. She has also tried every type of cup out there and she likes the Nuk sport bottle cup best, it has a soft spout, doesn't leak and very easy for them to grip,we switched from Born Free sippy cups b/c of the leakage.

User - posted on 11/11/2008

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Hi June,

My daughter was the same way, REFUSED whole milk, so i tried putting her on Soy, which she took, but had really bad diahrea, then I looked around and tried Rice Milk, Rice milk is healthy for you and tehy are getting enough nutrients by now wiht the food you are giving them, that I think its better then Whole milk, from all the shots that cows get and all the crap that is in milk.

Rice Milk was a hit with Reese, i started by doing 7oz of formula, and 1 oz of rice milk.. and the good thing is that you can get the shelf stuff, so you can buy a whole bunch when it is on sale and store it!

Virginia - posted on 11/10/2008

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My guy loves the foogo cup by thermos (the one with the soft spout) - they're expensive, but it seems to be drop-proof and he just loves chewing on the spout. It seemed to help convince him that the cup was ok..... Will he drink anything else out of the cup?

Heather - posted on 11/10/2008

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just keep at it. usually to get my toddler to do anything new I have to do it a couple times and then i have to get daddy invovled too...try that..having some milk with your baby and see if he takes the bait..if not just keep offering eventually he will cave.

Carolyn - posted on 11/10/2008

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If you worried about him not getting enough calcium......give calcium fortified orange juice. You can also give rutabaga....they are high in calcium.

How much are you mixing in first.....If drinking 8 oz bottles try just half an ounce of milk to 7 1/2 formula then if accepted try another half ounce the following day or every other day

Amanda - posted on 11/07/2008

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See I had the opposite problem. My little girl wouldn't drink formula from a cup but once we started her on milk with a straw cup instead she loved it. She downs it faster than I thought she would.

Kimberly - posted on 11/07/2008

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Hi, my daughter Kellsey didn't like milk either. She would throw the bottle or cup and just crawl off. I found that warming the milk really helped after a few days of warming the milk, I tried giving it to her cold and she has been great ever since. I still haven't found a sippy that I totally love for them to drink out of but luckily they'll take any cup. I'm the one having the issues with the cups due to spillage. Good Luck

Jennifer - posted on 11/06/2008

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Just keep offering but don't push it. Mine refused for a few days, then would drink a sip or 2 at a time, and now drinks a couple of oz at a time. It's been ~3 wks of offering several times a day. In the meantime, feed cheese/yogurt to get the dairy.

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