My son will not make the switch from formula to milk...he is 14 mths. old. Any suggestions?

Christine - posted on 04/05/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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He has to have the calories and the Vit. D, so I can't just stop the formula, but even when I mix it w/milk, he notices and won't drink it!

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User - posted on 04/06/2010

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My sister's boy wouldn't drink milk either, but she tried soy milk and he didn't have a problem with that. There was something about the taste or consistancy that was closer to formula.

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Myshell - posted on 10/15/2011

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try switching him to "so good" strawberry soy milk, avail at walmart. it is easier than cows milk to digest (could be getting a tummy ache from it, makes him feel ucky?) plus it has alot more vitamins. my 14 mth old will only drink strawberry soy, he throws milk back at me! litterally throws it at me and yells! he also gets excited when he sees the strawberry soy milk container

Danielle - posted on 04/10/2010

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u can give him cow n gate toddler milk or any brand of toddler milk its gt loads of vitamins and calicum and iron so ur son will also have all he needs x

Lisa - posted on 04/10/2010

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my 3 year old daughter was the same. i continued her on the formula s26 step2 until she was 24 months(if you read the formula can it says up to 24months anyway) and then she went onto s26 gold toddler milk. i did introduce the toddler milk gradually and there was a few tantrums but she moved onto it relatively easy.

Alyssa - posted on 04/10/2010

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when i first started getting my daughter into milk I USED 2%... She actually started wanting milk though early like 10 months i think it was. the transition went wicked smoothly and now my daughter looooves milk. She drinks whole milk so much that we had to cut her back on it lol.

Christine - posted on 04/10/2010

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We used to only drink low-fat milk, but when I asked the pediatrician...she said it is very important to keep them on whole cow's milk until the age of 2 because of the importance of Vit D and brain development...the lower fat milk's do not have the daily requirement of Vit D...you can also give them yogurt and other foods...but they should have at least 16-24 oz a day...My son is not getting that at all, because of all the different ways I'm trying to trick him, he doesn't even want his formula now..he has an appt coming up, so I need to get more advise from his doc. I am worried about it only because at his 12 mth chk, he only weighed 20 lbs 9 oz and they wanted to rechk his weight in 3 mths. They are not too concerned because he is not malnourished, but he has been walking since 8 mths and unless he is sleeping he is running...he is very active and she thinks he's burning calories as fast as he's taking them in...thanks for all the suggestions! :)

Alex - posted on 04/10/2010

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I literally phased out formula and phased in milk, I started by putting less than half an ounce of full cream milk in an eight ounce bottle and upping it by half an ounce every few days and it took about 3 months but it worked, also don't let him see you make up the bottle...
Also - have you seen how much added sugar there is in the formula for older babies?

Catha - posted on 04/10/2010

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Hi Christine, when I wanted to switch formula brand for my baby, I mix it little by little just adding a bit more every 3 days. Can I ask you a question, you seems to be very knowledgeable about milk...I gave my 17 month old skimmed milk since last month as she likes milk a lot and getting a bit chubby. But, you said keep with full cream until 24 months...should I just use full cream and mix with water then?

Christine - posted on 04/09/2010

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It is necessary for children 12-24 mths. to be drinking 16-24 oz. of whole milk per day for the Vit D required for brain development...fyi...there are alot of foods that provide Vit D which I try to make sure he eats and he will only drink water and soy formula at this point...

Kristina - posted on 04/09/2010

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At 14mths old your baby should be getting most of his vitamins and calories from food not formula. A wide, varied, healthy diet should provide that unless he has a deficiency. So there is no need for him to have formula or cow's milk. Just giving water for fluids is fine, and better for him!

Louise - posted on 04/09/2010

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My daughter is 17 months and is on follow on formula as she hates cows milk and I am quite happy for her to be on it as it has added vitamins that cows milk does not have. I add cows milk to her cereal and she eats yoghurts and cheese so she is getting enough calcuim. Do not worry if your child is happy drinking formula milk eventually he will switch to cows milk naturally. As long as my daughter is getting some milk I am not worrid.

Jennifer - posted on 04/09/2010

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have you tried mixing it with pwdered milk ? that way he wouldnt know any better =)

Christine - posted on 04/08/2010

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Like the soy milk idea and yogurt...no on the sugar!! I need him to sleep and anticipate him not if he starts drinking sugar...but thanks for the ideas! :)

Kelly - posted on 04/08/2010

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Try a smaller ratio like only 25% milk to formula and slowly increase it. Water is still a good choice and feed them yogurt for Vit.D...there are also other food choices. I just picked yogurt because my kids loved it and still do.

Cynthia - posted on 04/06/2010

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sugar for a baby?! i know that they did it when we were kids but really? do you want the kid to think it should have sugar so that it will eat? not truing to be rude but i think sugar (except natural sugars) should be the last and least thing you have in a babys diet
i could just be crazy and sorry if i offend

Amanda - posted on 04/06/2010

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try adding a small amount of sugar to the milk and once she starts asking for it use less sugar.

Nicole - posted on 04/05/2010

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does he drink water? i watered my lil girls milk down first so it wasnt weird for her, or too strong. shes 14months old too n now drinking it straight, at first she wouldnt drink it as much, but now she loves it...maybe coz it taists better then water lol i used to have normal watered down milk during the day and formula at night if that helps too

Cynthia - posted on 04/05/2010

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take a sip yourself and make it a fun time...maybe if he sees you are having it and enjoying it he will want to try

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