My daughter wont drink milk

Rachel - posted on 04/28/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 22 months old and won't drink milk. She has been off the bottle since she turned one and just will not drink regular milk. I have tried everything. The doctor said to just keep trying and make sure she takes vitamins, which she does. But I am stuck on what to do about this milk situation! Any advice?

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Adf0905 - posted on 04/28/2009

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It took a month of trying to get my daughter to take milk after weaning her (at 16 months old.) I tried different kinds of soy milk, chocolate milk, warm milk, cold milk....nothing worked. Eventually, I beat her in the stubbornness contest and won, but in the meantime, I gave her orange juice (not from concentrate. Has just as much calcium as whole milk does.) She drinks milk now, but doesn't like any other forms of dairy (no cheese, no yogurt, no pudding, nothing like that) so I still give her one sippy cup of orange juice in the evening. What eventually worked for us was letting her watch me pour 3 glasses of milk....one for myself, one for my husband, and a sippy cup for her. We all sat down and drank our milk, and put a huge emphasis on telling her it was good, eccentrically saying "yummmmmm", etc. She thought it was hilarious and I'm sure we looked like idiots, but hey, it worked!

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Adf0905 - posted on 04/28/2009

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Quoting Rachel:

She drinks at least two cups of orange juice a day and loves cheese and yogurt too!


As long as she's getting enough calcium, I wouldn't worry too much about it then. There's nothing that says kids HAVE to drink milk, know what I mean?

Rachel - posted on 04/28/2009

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She drinks at least two cups of orange juice a day and loves cheese and yogurt too!

Rachel - posted on 04/28/2009

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Thanks guys, good suggestions. I will try some of your tips and keep my fingers crossed! :)

Amy - posted on 04/28/2009

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Have you tried the soy milk? It tastes different, especially the Very Vanilla. It's pretty good. My 15 month old is lactose intolerant, so we had to go to soy, but he drinks it readily.

Anita - posted on 04/28/2009

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My son often fights me on drinking milk too. He's 15 months old. I just keep giving him sips thru out the day and during meal time. If there's water (or even juice) around, then he will always prefer water to milk so I just don't keep water around much right now. He often likes to imitate me now so sometimes I pull out 2 identical cups and we both drink milk. He likes having different types of cups so I try that game too. I think he might like drinking from a straw so I plan to try that soon. He thinks it's fun to dip things so we dip graham crackers into milk for one of our snacks. We do lots of cheese and yogurt too. I also find that if the food is a little spicy, then he wants to drink the milk to cool his tongue down. It's kind of exhausting to play so many games and tricks but it's better than fighting a toddler!

Monica - posted on 04/28/2009

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For added calcium, since my daughters do not particularly like milk, I feed my girls (ages 4, next Tuesday, and 1, on the 20th) cereal with milk in the morning, with their daily vitamin, fresh cheese with their afternoon snacks, and 1 cup of Dannon yogurt each per day. I usually also have chocolate milk, pudding and ice cream available.

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