Intro to cow's milk
Stephanie - posted on 01/10/2009
What worked for me was adding flavor. I nursed until my son was 10 months and he would never take a bottle of any sort. So when I introduced the sippy at 5 mos I always used different kinds, so he didnt get used to have just one kind. If she wont take it from a sippy cup, try a regular cup. When I stopped nursing him, the docs wanted me to put him on formula but he wouldnt have it. So my sister in law (who had the same problem) told me to try putting strawberry in it (and you can buy the sugar free kind). I also switch from whole fat milk to 2% and with the flavor he gradually got used to it. But not at first he didnt drink it as much as did the breast milk,but now he drinks it w his meals just fine. Which I buy the organic milk too which I think makes a difference. I hope you fiure it out. I know how frustrating it can be, but stick with it!
Shauna - posted on 01/10/2009
We flavored my son's milk the first time. I put a little sugar in it because we figured that since breastmilk is sweeter, it would taste more familiar. For his second cup, I put a tiny amount of sugar in, so he would get more used to the taste. By the 3rd cup, he was drinking plain milk. Don't know if this will work for all kids, but it sure helped us.
Alison - posted on 01/10/2009
It is difficult for a child to transition to cows milk, especially if they have been breastfed. Cows milk really doesn't provide much nutrition to a child, other than calcium. It is full of saturated fat and extremely low in iron. You should consider a toddler milk of some sort. They actually work out around the same cost as cows milk. (Do the maths....it's true). They are fortified with iron and supplements and you will probably notice children who continue on breastmilk or formula right up until 2 have far less coughs and colds. As for actually getting them to drink anything, try making a smoothie (banana or berries). If they still refuse, dont stress. Just offer water, and make the milk into custard or give yoghurt and plenty of cheese. The most important things are hydration and calcium, which they can get from water and other dairy. It will be hard though, as society is deeply ingrained into pressuring you to give cows milk. Just stand firm and try not to be too obsessive, your little one with pick up on that straight away.
Tina - posted on 01/10/2009
try phasing it in gradually...or mix with formula. Start 1/4 milk, 3/4 formula and go from there. My Danny 2/2/08 does not like sippy cups either, but will drink from small Dixie cups! Try it, she might not like the "sippy" part of the cup...mine didn't.
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