My 2-year-old daughter refuses to drink milk.

May Eugenio - posted on 03/22/2016 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My daughter has just turned 2 last March 10 and a few weeks before that she sudeenly refused to drink milk. I changed her brand of milk but still didn't follow her drinking pattern. I usually give her an 8 oz every three hours. The brand of her milk is Enfagrow. She's even a picky eater and doesn't eat much! So I'm really worried. :(

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Sarah - posted on 03/22/2016

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Again, a two year old does not need an 8 oz bottle of milk or formula every three hours. Two cups of low-fat milk is the recommended amount. When your child is constantly chugging bottle after bottle, he won't be interested in eating a well balanced diet. At two he should be eating from all food groups, everyday. Do not compare with other kids, look to the AAP, and the CDC for nutritional requirements for your child. And get her off the bottle, she is two and more than ready for a cup..

Katherine - posted on 03/22/2016

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Both my children didn't drink milk after I stopped nursing. I was very worried too. But u know u could try some alternative. Like adding honey to milk if not allergic or flavoured milk. toddlers like to copy you so I usually tk my coffee or tea when my little ones are having their milk. you can alternatively give them porridge or yougurt to fulfil their calcium requirements. About fruits, I think it's important that they get fibre and vitamins through fruits. I usually give my children a bowl of cut fruits when they gets up from nap or just to nibble when I read a story to them. Offer them when they are hungry they are most likely to accept it at that time. bow if I start a story without fruits my little ones are like I want nectarine.,I want cherry. Make one meal a fruit meal and your child will never have constipation.

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Mohamedasmaa589 - posted on 03/25/2016

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I think if you mix milk with some thing else like parboiled rice or with starch this will be better . Your child will like it:)

May Eugenio - posted on 03/22/2016

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Thank you so much! I find your advice so useful. I give her milk in a bottle. I'm alarmed because my niece drinks 8 oz in a bottle every 3 hours everyday, eats solid and loves fruits. But my baby always refuses! Especially fruits. I feel so worried. What shuold I do to make her eat fruits?

Sarah - posted on 03/22/2016

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Enfragrow for toddlers is meant to supplement an already varied table food diet. It has 30 calories per ounce, 20 if mixed at maximum dilution. Let's say you are giving her 20 cal/oz, and 8 oz every 3 hours while awake. If she takes three servings (160 calories three times a day) is 480 calories and that would be the minimum! If you gave her four 8 oz servings, 640 calories. If you are giving it at the 30 cal per oz, three servings would be 720 calorie and four servings would be 960! Did you consider maybe she is not hungry?
At two she needs about 1200 calories a day. And need to eat a variety of foods.
The Enfragrow website advises two serving of their product per day. A two year old sometimes will eat an alarmingly small amount, but that is normal, they self regulate. Keep offering her a varied diet and I'd advise talking to her doctor about her milk intake. The AAP recommends that kids over 2 drink 1% milk. How are you giving her milk? In a cup, bottle or box?
Here is a link to some guidelines for toddlers diet, this is one site of many you can look at.
http://m.kidshealth.org/en/parents/toddl...

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