My daughter won't drink normal milk. She is 18mths, when should stop having formula???

Kellie - posted on 06/23/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have tried my daughter on milk but she doesn't seem to like it. She won't even have Milo. At what age should she be off formula?

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Kristal - posted on 06/25/2011

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I've had friends that had the same problem, there children where almost two and still on formula because they would not take regular milk! Like others have said, try mixing it with formula or if your breastfeeding with the breast milk...also it could be the temperature! My daughter wouldn't take regular milk unless it was warmed up until she was about 2 when she'd drink it cold. Could also be the cup your giving it to her in! My niece wouldn't drink any sort of milk unless it was in a sippy cup, even still she only drinks her milk in a sippy! Just try different methods to see what works best for her, she just simply might not like the taste of it!! good luck!

Rebecca - posted on 06/24/2011

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Have you tried different types of milk like almond or soy? My daughter had a tough time with cows milk so we started her with almond milk. I never used formula, I only breastfed, but the vanilla almond milk she will enjoy because of the flavoring, and then we eventually went half and half with whole cows milk until she was cool
With it. The almond milk also has extra nutrients in it!! And to the formula thing mentioned above, if you're going to continue formula after 12 months, it's very important it's limited because of the extra calories. If you're havIng issues getting your little one to eat well then it's a good idea to stick to formula s little longer but if there's no eating habit issues you should try to wean.

Katherine - posted on 06/23/2011

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Oh no, I wasn't trying to insinuate it was harmful, just to clear that up.

Jodi - posted on 06/23/2011

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That's right, that is your opinion. My daughter didn't transition off formula until 18 months. I had very valid reasons for that. It isn't in any way harmful for a child to continue on formula. I just don't want to see the OP alarmed that she should have already had her daughter off the formula and possibly doing her harm, because that isn't the case.

Katherine - posted on 06/23/2011

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Right :P

12 months. Not 10. But really an 18mo should be off of formula at 12 months. I know they have the toddler ones (which I disagree with) just my opinion.



****Edit to add: At least we agree that she should mix it :)

Jodi - posted on 06/23/2011

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Um, Katherine, I am going to have to disagree with you here. The recommendation is actually around 12 months to start transitioning. And it isn't a "should". There is nothing to suggest that children can't continue on formula beyond 12 months. It's just that they don't necessarily NEED to. However, it isn't harmful.

Katherine - posted on 06/23/2011

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She should have been off of formula at 10 months. Or at least transitioning from formula to milk. What kind of milk do you use? Whole milk? You could always mix the formula with the milk until she gets used to it.

Jodi - posted on 06/23/2011

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Have you tried mixing it half and half with formula, just transitioning gradually?

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