my 1yr old daughter wont drink milk...any ideas

Kathy - posted on 08/16/2009 ( 52 moms have responded )

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my daughter is not takeing to milk ive tried warming it up makeing it chocolate milk andnothing is working...she wont hold her sippie cup up to drink either she has to be sitting back...and ideas!

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I had to mix formula with my daughters milk to get her to switch.I started out 2 oz milk to 6oz of formula that way for about a week. Then I started to make her bottles with milk instead of water and slowly cut out the formula all together took us about 2 months to get the full switch by then she was ready to go with her sippy cup full time.

Hope this was a help and good luck.

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Norma - posted on 02/07/2015

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Mary - posted on 08/19/2009

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Please keep in mind that your child NEEDS the fat that is in whole milk, its not just the calcium. The fat helps with their brain development.

Mary - posted on 08/19/2009

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I had the same problem with my daughter. There are a couple different options...first I made her infant cereal every morning with milk instead of water and then to make sure she was getting enough for the day I gave her a yogurt called "YoBaby" which is made with whole milk unlike regular which is made with fat free milk.

User - posted on 08/18/2009

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I stopped feeding my daughter breast milk at one ( I was a working mom pumping) she completely gave up milk. No interest. There are a ton of things that can give you daugher calcium including orange juice. She is now 4 and still doesn't like it. Nor does she like cheese, yogurt etc. I think her little body was telling us that she couldn't process it. The good news is whatever way you go -- she is going to grow.

Chantelle - posted on 08/18/2009

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Quoting Kathy:

my 1yr old daughter wont drink milk...any ideas

my daughter is not takeing to milk ive tried warming it up makeing it chocolate milk andnothing is working...she wont hold her sippie cup up to drink either she has to be sitting back...and ideas!



I had the same problem, so I added my baby's favorite yoghurt, only about 25ml, mix it well with her milk, my baby loved it this way.

Amanda - posted on 08/17/2009

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Our health nurse gave us a few options, mix it 1/4 milk 3/4 formula and keep changing that till its all milk. Also you can add a LITTLE sugar , its a natural laxative WONT make the kid have a sweet tooth and is a lil closer to formula in taste.

Darcy - posted on 08/17/2009

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My oldest (now 14 and perfectly healthy!) did the same thing. Doctor told me no more bottle at 18 months and I tried but he wouldn't drink milk unless from a bottle....maybe not exact circumstance as yours, BUT the when I conveyed the 'not drinking milk at ALL' to the pediatrician he said 'no big deal..as long as they hit one year old...just do plenty of cheese/cottage cheese/yogurt, etc. Dairy and calcium from anywhere. You can put it in their scrambled eggs, make muffins with milk...whatever, but it definitely doesn't have to be 'milk' in that form. Once my son hit 3 years old, he drank milk suddenly. He also ate bananas forever and then suddenly stopped at age 11 and said he 'hated them' and they had been his 'favorite' and requested 2 every day before then. Kids just do weird things, and I'm convinced that our bodies know more than we do....maybe milk upsets her stomach (or at least taste buds) and something else will work better. Good luck. Don't fret. I have a 4 kids...14 (boy), 11 (girl), 8 (boy) and a 5 WEEK old baby girl. Even my newborn is doing things completely different than all other 3 as infants. I am convinced it is possibly to drive us nuts! :)

Jennie - posted on 08/17/2009

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Taper to milk... 3/4- breast /formula & 1/4 milk for 1 week then

1/2- breast /formula & 1/2 milk for 1 week then

1/4- breast /formula & 3/4 milk for 1 week then

100% milk if that doesn't work she may not like cow milk so try sol milk

Amanda - posted on 08/17/2009

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when i changed my daughter to milk i mixed it with formula and then gradually put less and less formula in it til it was just straight milk! worked for her!

Betty - posted on 08/17/2009

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Try mixing it with juice. It will be kind of like a melted smoothie and take away a bit of the milk flavor.

Loretta - posted on 08/17/2009

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My son is lactose intolerant (sp), so children do not need to drink milk. She may just not like it. If you are nursing, she may not be ready to give up your personal time.

Lori - posted on 08/17/2009

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I remember my daughter stopped drinking milk. I then realized it was summer I asked her Dr. about this and he replied a lot of children who are babies just dont like the taste of milk in the summer. I know I thought the same as you are probably thinking right now..Im crazy right. Well it was true, once the weather got cool again she started drinking her milk. So I just made sure I put a liquid vitamin in her juice bottles.

Jela - posted on 08/17/2009

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Have you tried it both warm and cold . Some kids prefer it one way or the other. If that doesnt work breast milk or formula would be good also!

Cyndi - posted on 08/17/2009

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First consult your doctor if you haven't already done so. Then check and see if it is ok to let her have yogurt and other things packed with calcium and such. You said you tried choc. milk, have you tried strawberry flavor? The way she holds her sippie cup and drinks could have something to do with her age or her swallowling. She may have trouble you don't know about, nothing bad but some children do have acid reflux, trouble swallowling, etc. Best thing my doctor ever told me when one of my children wouldn't eat was: When he gets hungry he will eat, he will not starve to death. And of course the doctor was right. Your daughter looks like a very well adjusted, happy and cute toddler. Maybe she just needs more connection with you, more cuddling. Who knows, but as my doctor said, when they are ready they will do what is needed. Good luck and God Bless.

Kalyani - posted on 08/17/2009

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Some kids dont. But its not compulsory. Try other supplements. After a year or so she will drink.

Brittany - posted on 08/16/2009

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my kids were the same way so what i did was give it to them first thing in the morning because they're thirtsy and i put strawberry mix in it. the cups with handles on the side work best for beginners. or you could give her an empy cup to play with until she gets used to doing it on her own.

Jeni - posted on 08/16/2009

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Transitioning from formula to milk was hard for my son, I used pediasure vanilla and then gradually added milk then less and less with the pediasure. Pediasure is expensive but he loved it. I also tried soy vanilla which is great!!! but it sure makes stinky diapers.

Anne - posted on 08/16/2009

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Try strawberry! I couldn't get my toddler son to drink homo milk, so I tried putting
about a teaspoon of strawberry syrup. He loves it.

Rachel - posted on 08/16/2009

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My son did the same thing. Once we took him off the bottle he would no longer drink milk. There are plenty of other ways to get calcium and vit d into them. Yogurt, cheese, ice cream. I just encourage other things he likes and he is a healthy 4yo boy.

Kate - posted on 08/16/2009

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She doesn't need milk. Just give her a varied diet of other foods and don't worry about the milk at all. Babies do not NEED milk after 1 year of age and cow's milk is not the magical food it is said to be. We do not give any milk at all (daughter is almost 19 months) and it is fine.



Also, DON'T give soy milk. It is NOT healthy. It is a highly processed food and it has phytoestrogens in it, which can cause early puberty in girls and worse in boys. Truthfully, NO ONE should drink it!

Debbie - posted on 08/16/2009

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My grandson was the same way so I started putting in a bit of honey and he loves milk now. If she is too young for honey then karo syrup.

Gina - posted on 08/16/2009

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My son and nephew had the same problem. And there are two tricks that worked. We used the strawberry Quick syrup, and they loved it! And both kids loved smoothies! So if you have a blender try Banana, Stawberry, or Raspberry smoothies. They all worked!

Tara - posted on 08/16/2009

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I had the same problem when I tried to give cow's milk...I asked my doc about it & she said just don't put anything but milk in the cup & after a couple days she'll drink it (I also had another cup with water just in case ;-). She did start drinking the regular milk & don't worry she will drink when she's thirsty :)

Melissa - posted on 08/16/2009

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My daughter has been on Goats Milk since 6 weks old she not toleraite anything else she very healthy 5 year old and still on goats milk.

Christina - posted on 08/16/2009

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Maybe she isnt drinking it because she is lactose and tolerant; and the milk is upsetting her tummy. Maybe you should let your doctor know-If that's not it at least you can rule that out.

Jamie - posted on 08/16/2009

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Being that young it might not help but my friends daughter went through a stage when she was 2 1/2 or 3 where she wouldn't drink it so I started adding a drop of food coloring to it she loved picking her color.

Donna - posted on 08/16/2009

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A friend's son won't drink milk either. He is 16 months old. The doctor told her to not be concerned. Just to add yogart and cheese to his diet and mix milk in his oatmeal and other foods. Eventually he will drink it on his own.

Patsy - posted on 08/16/2009

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There are different flavors you can try, but they all probably have sugar. Patience is your best bet. Sippy cups are as bad as bottles. If she lays down with it, it's going to cause tooth decay. Teach her to drink small amounts from a regular cup, holding it with both hands, and sitting at the table or high chair. It is time consuming but in the long run better for both of you.

Jessica - posted on 08/16/2009

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You may want to mix like half a sippy cup of formula/breast milk with half a cup of milk. This is how I had to do it with my son. It was too big of a change for him to go to straight milk.

Kim - posted on 08/16/2009

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My daughter had lactose issues, so I gave her Plain Soy Milk. She loves it and it's very healthy. It's not sweet at all. I put her milk in a "Nuby" sippy cup. The spout is very soft, the baby bites it to get the milk out so it kinda helps with the teething too. The cups just need to be replaced more often due to tears and punctures.

Erin - posted on 08/16/2009

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have you tried goats milk, i have heard that it is closer to human milk then cows milk is

Sue - posted on 08/16/2009

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My 16 year old daughter did this when she was a baby(maybe closer to 2 though) too. I fed her yogurt and she would eat cereal with milk. As soon as I took the bottle away and gave her a sippie cup she would throw it and say"no milk baba". Now it is cute, but then it wasn't.

Peggy - posted on 08/16/2009

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our doctor said not to worry about it if she gets calcium other ways - yogurt cheese etc.

Michelle - posted on 08/16/2009

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calcium comes from so many other natural sources.we are the only animals who seek milk from other animals.Adding chemical flavouring and colour to get your child to drink it could impose more problems such as hyperactivity. I thought soy was good to but i've read it is high in estrogen, not good for us as a daily staple. 2 out of my 3 children are lactose intolerant. it is possible to give proper nutritions through other more healthy foods. All the vitamins in milk are added, so then whats really in the milk itself?

Rebecca - posted on 08/16/2009

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what i did with my son, i had to buy a sippy cup called "nuby" the top was silicon and soft just like the bottle but it was a cup. worked wonders for me. give it a try

Jessica - posted on 08/16/2009

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My youngest wasnt a big milk drinker and still is but i make sure he gets calciumfrom others sourses like calcium enriched orange juice yogurt chesse etc dark green leafy veggies. I was told by my doc the only reason they suggest babies drink milk aftert there first b-day is for fluid in take and vitamins so if ur daughter is getting all her vitamins elsewhere and drinkin lots of water and watered down juices she should be fine and if u feel she isnt gettin enuf vitamins u could put her on amulti-vitamin

Gretchen - posted on 08/16/2009

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My daughter did the same thing, and she was underweight. I found that mixing a yogurt drink with the nilk helped her enjoy itmore. I used Lala Strawberry flavor, but you could try other yogurts drinks as well. The probiotics are good for her tummy anyway!

Bianca - posted on 08/16/2009

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not sure if you have tried yet but try Soy-vanilla for kids its very sweet my kids love it that is the only way i got my son to drink milk

Nicole - posted on 08/16/2009

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My son won't use the sippy cup correctly either. He is also very picky about regular Milk. He will not drink milk at all unless it is chocolate or strawberry flavored. Strawberry is his favorite, I'd agree with the other mothers and suggest trying that flavor.

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just re-read your post and think i misunderstood.. do you mean she will drink no milk at all or that she wont take to whole milk??

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hi. im not sure how to get her to drink milk as i have never had that problem with either of my children.. but the holding of the sippy cup just takes practice.. she will suprise you one day :) if she's not drinking milk then try to get some calcium into her diet as its important.. does she like cheese.. or yoghurt?? just give her a little extra untill she drinks milk regular again. sorry i could not be of more help x

Jennifer - posted on 08/16/2009

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she will eventally my son wouldn't at first now he drinks it alot so be patient and it will come. : ) Jennifer

Krista - posted on 08/16/2009

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If she's on breast milk or formula, just try mixing a little bit of milk in with what she normally drinks. Give it to her for a few days and if she drinks it, up the milk content gradually. She probably won't know the difference at the end.

Dawn - posted on 08/16/2009

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I know she's little- did you try other flavors- like strawberry? Also, have her shake it up to mix (in a spill-proof cup of course).

Stephanie - posted on 08/16/2009

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holding the sippy cup up will just take practice, you can try soy milk, 2% milk is just as good but thinner so she may like it better, I saw you tried chocolate, have you tried strawberry?

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