One year old (nursing) refusing whole milk and fussy about food..

Jyoti - posted on 03/16/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi,

My son just turned one. He's been nursing so far but now that I want to shift him to whole milk, he refuses. Iam worried that my milk may not be enough for him since he does not even nurse for 5 whole minutes at one time. So wanted some suggestions on how to add flavour to whole milk. I had tried adding cardamom powder,little sugar and saffron for colour but he still refused... Also offlate he refuses to eat after 3-4 spoonfuls. Iam very worried since he has gained only 1 pound in the last 3 months...

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Jennifer - posted on 03/16/2011

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as babies get older, they become VERY efficient with nursing and they often only need to nurse for a few minutes. how are his diaper counts? as long as he is wetting diapers 4-6 disposable diapers, or 6-8 cloth diapers a day, i wouldn't be concerned. by this age, babies really do becomes pros at it and you milk won't spontaneously dry up. also, weight gain slows down a TON at this age. with how much they are moving around, they burn a lot of calories. my son is 16 months old now and has only gained 3 or 4 pounds since he was 8 months old (when he started crawling). our ped says he is absolutely perfect, and right on track for a breastfed babe.



i always gauge my son's health on his mood and development rather than the scale. if your little one is happy, and hitting milestones than you are doing an awesome job.

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Johnny - posted on 03/16/2011

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My daughter refused whole milk (or any milk substitute) from the time I tried to introduce them. I kept nursing her until 23 months, so I wasn't too worried back then, but I had to wean her because I went on incompatible medication. After that, I worried that she wouldn't get the right nutrients. She still rarely drinks milk, and only a bit when she does drink it, but she's thriving, tall, and strong. I simply make sure that the rest of her diet has enough calcium to make up for what she doesn't get from milk, and I give her a daily vitamin D tablet. Where we live, it is raining at least 75% of the time, so she won't get enough otherwise. Sometimes, when I think her diet isn't enough, I give her a bit of orange juice with calcium added to make up for it. It is not as good as milk, but it helps. She is now almost 3, so she hasn't really had any milk hardly at all in the past year, and she is doing very well without it. Hydration wise, I just make sure she always has access to water.

Jyoti - posted on 03/16/2011

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Thanks Jennifer... Your words were so soothing to my ears... yes he is very active baby. Though he started crawling at 9.5 months, only within a week of that he started to stand up holding support. He walks sideways holding the sofa now but hasn't started walking without support. Also he does wet 4 diapers a day (quite full) . Also touch wood he's been healthy. So I guess my son falls into the leaner babies category...

Jyoti - posted on 03/16/2011

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Hi Sara,
Yes, I tried both warm and cold. He refuses both. Though he takes the gerber starwberry flavoured milk. But then thats not whole milk. Its fat free milk. As far as food, he has started being fussy just from last week. In snacks he likes those garden vegetable straws :-) and keeps asking for that all the time. But ain't very healthy. I use that as an incentive for each spoonful of rice that he eats in the afternoon:-(

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Are you warming the milk? What does he like? Find what he likes and feed it to him, unless it is unhealthy.

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