my 16 Month old WON'T Drink milk...of any kind...HELP!!

Maggie-Anthony - posted on 02/15/2009 ( 32 moms have responded )

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My 16 Month old son never took a bottle. He nursed until he was a year old and went straight to the sippy cup. Only problem was, once I ran out of breast milk and tried to start giving him cow's milk, he flat out refused to drink it...and so it stands today. He won't drink cow's milk, rice milk, soy milk, chocolate milk, any kind of milk! He drinks diluted juice, including those fortified with calcium and vitamin D, but I am so worried about the fact that he isn't drinking milk. Anyone have a helpful tip or something to ease my mind? Thanks!

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Norma - posted on 02/06/2015

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GOOD FOR YOUR SON,COWS MILK IS VERY HARMFUL SEE THE SCIENTIFIC STUDIES LISTED THE POST : WHEN TO START GIVING WHOLE MILK " YOU WILL BE SHOCKED>>>also soy milk is the trash from the soy bean.. use almond and hazelnut milk coconut milk and water,noni juce,all juces in a can or bottle are useless all the enzymes have been destroyed via cooking and they are usually full of white sugar or even worse,cornsyrup, get a jucer. raw organic juce is alive ,has enzymes and revitalized the cellsagain cow milk is very very bad,the top cause of type i diabetes,pesticiies ,harmones anti biotics no enzymes is indigestable millions of puss pockets in a half gallon,and much more ,so see the list of these studies onthe post >>'WHEN TO START GIVING MILK ">>this is mom Norma

Traci - posted on 02/18/2009

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As a registered dietitian who works with families at IMAGEplus+ Health Concepts, Inc., I have just two things to add... 1) No matter what you substitute for the milk please watch the sugar content. Look at the food label 4 gm sugar = 1 tsp. Of course, all dairy will have "natural" lactose (milk sugar) and the food label does not differentiate between that and added sugar. Look for ingredients such as sugar, high fructose corn syrup, (google "names for sugar" to see the whole list!) etc. (2) Fluid milk is a primary source of Vitamin D... without milk in the diet, Vit D supplementation is highly recommended. Look for a liquid form (Vitamin D3) that can be taken by dropper. Although the AI (adequate intake) is only 200 IU/day... new recommendations suggest larger amounts* are OK and sometimes even necessary to keep blood levels at sufficient levels. (*Contact me directly for individualized recommendations!) Traci@imageplushealth.com

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Niza - posted on 04/01/2014

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My son is 30 months old and I have tired giving him 2% milk in a sippy cup. He did not want to take it, he would rather have it in a bottle. I tried chocolate milk, still did not like it. I eliminated his bottle when he was 25 months, so that is no longer in the picture. He drinks anything sweet in his sippy cup, so I would give him juice and anything in between ( a little bit of mountain dew, sprite; once in a blue moon). He constantly eats, so that's good and he takes a vitamin with iron. Should I still be worried that he does not drink milk? He does like cheese and ice cream which he gets every other day or whenever we have it. I still want to encourage him to drink milk only because he will not drink water. Recently, I have been drinking hot cocoa and finding him liking it. So that is what I am going to give him in the morning except, I will substitute hot water for milk. Yes, I finally found a solution...

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Does your son like yogurt at all? Try making him a smoothie with flavored yogurt and milk. Start 80/20 and see if he likes it, if he does you can continue to wean on to the milk... Although, he may get spoiled with the smoothie!

Deborah - posted on 02/18/2009

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You can try mixing whole milk 50/50 with water, that is how my son drinks it and I warm it a little bit. Also my pediatrician says as long as he eats a balanced diet and gets enough other dairy products, he does not need to drink milk at all. They just need water, he tells me to stay away from juice or dilute it A LOT.

Taryn - posted on 02/18/2009

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i had the same problem when my son was that age. he love yogurt so i bought the stonyfield drinkable yogurts and mixed them with milk. i slowly transitioned from mostly yogurt and a little milk to half and half then to mostly milk with a little yogurt. then i was able to cut the yogurt out completely. my son now 2 and a half loves milk.

Laura - posted on 02/18/2009

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Dairy isn't really the best for most people anyway. Check out www.karenhurd.com for an article about the downfalls of dairy. There are lots of ways to get the nutrients other than through milk.

Erin - posted on 02/18/2009

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Have you tried Pedia-sure or boost kids? All of the nutrition and not cows milk - worth a try.

Jessica - posted on 02/18/2009

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My little girl did the same thing. I put milk in a cup and added the strawberry powder to it. I had to put it in a cup were she could not see what it was. If she saw it was milk she would not drink it. It lasted about 2 weeks and each time I put a little less and a little less in it until she was drinking milk. Hope that helps!

Christa - posted on 02/17/2009

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Dark green veggies are high in calcium--if he won't eat them outright, they're pretty easy to chop up small (or even puree) and hide in things, but broccoli florets were (and still are) a favorite of both my sons (6 years and 15 months). Cheese and yogurt, and even ice cream are good, and my youngest won't drink cow's milk, but he will take goat's milk. Check out http://www.keepkidshealthy.com/nutrition... for more ideas.

Vanessa - posted on 02/17/2009

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Does he drink water alright out of a sippy cup?  I ran into a similar problem with my daughter.  She drank water fine from a sippy cup, regular cup, and bottle, but absolutely refused to drink milk out of any of them.  What I had to do was actually dilute the milk with water.  I would start with a ratio of 1 to 4 (whatever your comfortable with)-1 oz of milk to 4 ozs of water....and as she drank that, I started uping the milk and lowering the water, until she was drinking milk just fine from her sippy cup or regular cup.  It took about a week maybe 2 but she's completely ok with drinking milk.



I hope that this helps, I understand the frustration!!!



Good luck!!

Denise - posted on 02/17/2009

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My pedi recommended putting sugar in the milk to sweeten it. After a while start decreasing the sugar. Or try putting some sort of vitamin powder in it. Like instant carnation drink.



My son was on a special formula that was very sweet. When we switch him to milk he refuse to drink it. The sugar did the trick.



Good luck!



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Rebecca - posted on 02/17/2009

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My son was on a specialist premature powder formula milk up to a year and has never drank cows milk or any other kind of milk but we just give him whole milk yoghurts, whole milk in his porridge and any other foods that contain milk should all have whole milk.  Health visitor is not worried though and neither was his specialist at the hospital.  GP has also said it is fine and he is healthy enough without it.

Jacqueline - posted on 02/17/2009

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I had the same problem! My daughter never took a bottle and only breast fed then when i had to switch to formula because i was heading back to work she wouldnt have it. She wouldnt drink out of a bottle so pumping was out. When i got the go ahead to give her cows milk in her sippy cup she refused. So ... i saw gerber had a yogurt drink ... i started by putting half of that and half milk - she drank it. And loves it ... now she wont drink milk without it :P She just turned two, i have cut back on the yogurt drink to just a quater and switch the milk to 1%.

My peditrician was never big on milk anyway - as long as he is getting a well rounded diet he should be fine :)

Tara - posted on 02/17/2009

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My daughter (22 months) is the same way, and I tried the Strawberry Nesquik, which she now loves and drinks daily.  I have started using less and less powder and now she is drinking milk that is almost white :)

Maggie-Anthony - posted on 02/17/2009

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You all are so awesome! Thank you so much! YES - he loves his yogurt - eats one a day and also eats string cheese...so, I am not going to worry about it:-) I absolutely love Circle of Moms! You girls are the greatest! Any of you live near Philadelphia??

Tricia - posted on 02/17/2009

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Hi, my daughter who is nearly 3 now, wouldnt drink milk, was intolerant, and still will not touch it at all, but loves yoghurts, and custard- so I give her plenty of them. she is absolutely fine, so I wouldnt worry too much.

Shanna - posted on 02/17/2009

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My son does the same thing! He drinks about 6 ounces of V8 Vfusion a day ( all watered down to 1 ounce in each cup). But I got sneaky with the milk thing. First he does eat yogurt and cheese. Second, I put powdered milk in all sorts of stuff that eats! And I replaced milk with water when making his oatmeal in the morning. So he's getting it,,, he just doesn't drink it! Keep offering the milk though, but save your energy and offer it from your glass when you're drinking it. I also try to eat more cereal, Landon loves to share with me, so I just make sure the spoon is full of milk when he gets a bite!  Good luck!

Claire - posted on 02/16/2009

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I wouldn't stress about the milk. I'd keep off the diluted juice, it's too much sugar, did you try diluting the milk with water? and if you wanted to put anything in milk it prob should only be ovaltine at least it has vitamins. I weaned both my girls from breast to goats milk, good luck.

Hayley - posted on 02/16/2009

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HAVE U TRIED ADDING NESQUIK TO IT? COZ MY 2 YR OLD WONT DRINK MILK ON ITS OWN EITHER BUT HE WILL DRINK THAT!

Mieke - posted on 02/16/2009

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my second girl wouldn't drink milk but I made a lot off pudding, milk sauce, mashed potatoes, that way she had also milk

Lesley - posted on 02/16/2009

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my little girl wouldn't drink milk when i stopped with the formula so as others have said if your lo is eating yogurt, cheese etc i wouldn't worry, just try every now and again and and he will drink it eventually

Melissa - posted on 02/16/2009

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I agree with a lot of the other posts...as long as he is getting calcium w/ other foods like yogurt, cheese, dark green leafy veggies, I don't think it is critical that he drinks milk. My dr says they do need a little more fat between 1-2 yrs. for brain development. I know my boys loved the Yo Baby yogurts. They are made with whole milk so they have a little bit of a higher fat content.

Jolene - posted on 02/15/2009

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At 16 months he doesn't HAVE to drink milk anymore. Just concentate on getting him good fats and nutirents from his foods.

Leisel - posted on 02/15/2009

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I have one of these except the only dairy he will eat is cheese and only at a push. I supplement with a chew tab (which if you ask me is ten times worse than a glass of delicious chocolate milk!)

Stephanie - posted on 02/15/2009

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My son never would drink Milk after I stopped giving him a bottle....the doctor said it is nothing to worry about. Just add cheese and Milk into whatever you can, and try to get him to eat yogurt! He is 3 now and suddenly love's chocolate milk! Probably just a stage.

Carrie - posted on 02/15/2009

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a person doesn't have to drink milk, you just have to be more careful about getting the nutrients into his diet in other ways.  what about cheese and yogurt?  I know that there are veggies that also have the same nutrients too.  If he won't eat those then you can always try a vitamin.



I wouldn't stress about it.  My son wouldn't drink cows milk plain at first, I had to mix it half and half with breast milk (which I know doesn't help you now) and I also had to warm it up at first.  Even if he continues to refuse, it's really not a huge problem

Louise - posted on 02/15/2009

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my daughter is exactly the same but my health visitor told me as long as she is getting milk in her food its not a problem

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