Ideas on getting 14mth old boy to drink cow's milk

Shae - posted on 11/25/2009 ( 32 moms have responded )

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My son is 14mths old and refuses to drink cow's milk. He has it on his breakfast with no fuss but i have tried it in his bottle and he just refuses it. Has anyone got any little tricks to getting their child to drink cow's milk?? Formula is just getting so expensive now. Thanks Shae

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Myshell - posted on 10/14/2011

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my son refuses to drink cows milk. he is 14 mths also. he also likes it with cereal but refuses to drink it. he loves so good strawberry soy milk. he drinks that with no problem. i am still bf but when i am not available it is a life saver, plus it has a lot more nutrients than cows milk and is easier to digest. the only place i seem to find it is walmart. word of caution. although the chocolate version is the same it tastes awful, like chalk!

Shannon - posted on 12/01/2009

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when my son turned 1 I started to slowly put cows milk in with his formula bit by bit till he was just drinking cows milk - worked like a treat........

Marisha - posted on 11/30/2009

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Add some flavor to it. Find out what he likes. Have you thought about trying it in a sippie cup.

Dana - posted on 11/30/2009

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My son didn't like it either, I added chocolate syrup and he didn't like that but, he does like it with strawberry syrup. I'm a stickler for healthy stuff but, he wasn't going to drink milk any other way so I figure a little syrup once a day isn't so bad. I plan on slowly taking it out until it's regular milk.

Suzan - posted on 11/30/2009

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some kids are a little slowe than other, I would not worry to much but if your child is having other symtims call your doctor. other wise do not woryy to much.

Jannine - posted on 11/30/2009

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when i was getting my eldest to drink cows milk i gave her 1 bottle of formula then 1 bottle cows milk until she got used to it then started making baby smoothies like banana and milk or strawberries mushed up with banana and milk soft fruits that way they get there 5 a day plus fresh she is 7 now and asks 4 me to make her some while im making it 4 the twins and takes it in to school 4 break as a healthy snack

Corina - posted on 11/27/2009

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Quoting Shae:

Ideas on getting 14mth old boy to drink cow's milk

My son is 14mths old and refuses to drink cow's milk. He has it on his breakfast with no fuss but i have tried it in his bottle and he just refuses it. Has anyone got any little tricks to getting their child to drink cow's milk?? Formula is just getting so expensive now. Thanks Shae



hi. I've benn to this party 2 years ago with my (5 years old now) boy. try to add in the bottle just a touch of honey or brown sugar. that'll do the trick. formulas are sweet, cow milk isn't, so............ hope this helps.



Corina

Lynda - posted on 11/27/2009

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does he like chocolate milk add just a little to color it , try that or strawberry, put a little vanilla in it . that's what we do for my 2 year old granson.

TRACY - posted on 11/27/2009

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Hi Shae, maybe he intuitively knows that pasteurized cows milk does not jive with the human body in many people and that it can be the cause for all kinds of troubles like allergies, stomach issues etc.. We're doing raw goats milk (from a responsible manufacturer)- maybe you might want to try that or if that is too crazy for you maybe try rice milk, it is fun and healthy. Good luck! :)

Amy - posted on 11/27/2009

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I say "Don't" The more I read about store-bought milk the more it scares me. (Not literally.) Look for a goat/cow share program in your area where you can purchase whole raw milk directly from the dairy. Hormones, antibiotics, steroids are not what we want to pump into newborns. My mommy advice.



Happy Mom to 8, soon to be 9!

Alexandra - posted on 11/27/2009

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Hi Shae, if your boy rejects the cows milk, there's probably a good reason for it. I've learned from experience that children's bodies are pretty much in tune with what's good for them and intuitively refuse something that isn't. So whether it's an allergy, intollerance or just reaction to the wrong type of milk, please listen to their instincts. As suggested already, try some other types of milk (goats, almond, I probably would be carefull with soy unless it's from a really good organic source,...) or just check what milk you're actually giving him and look for an organic, unhomogenised version if available. Does your kid suffer from colds, mucous congestion? These conditions are often aggraveted by cows milk (the common, pasteurised, homogenised type that is). Anyway, just some more food for thought. Good luck with it.

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The thing is though, "formula" ought to also have lots of vitamins, minerals and omega oils added to make it a more complete food. Cow's milk isn't really a substitute, nutrition-wise, is it? My daughter is allergic to ALL milks (soy, cow, goat, you name it) and had to stop having mine because of a medical problem of mine (had to take drugs that poisoned the milk for her). But she's fine and healthy...has a real love for broccoli, which is rich in calcium!

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My son did the same thing! Try 1/2 formula and 1/2 cows milk for a bit. Then taper him off of the formula. Or maybe he doesn't like the taste. Offer him other drinks. Water is always important, and if you can get him to like water at this age, you're one up on me! Some mothers use goats milk (I'm not sure what it will do to your pocketbook, cuz I never used it). Or soy milk, but look into the research on this one. It is said to mimic estrogen when ingested. Good luck!!

Dawn - posted on 11/26/2009

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There are other milks- goat(actually more digestable for our stomachs than cows milk), fortified soy(go with Organic-no genetic modifying), Rice, Almond, Oatmeal and Hemp. Sometimes a child will not take in some food because of the flavour(there may be excess pesticides and hormones in the milk-you could try certified organic) or because they have an dietary intolerance for it. Maybe he is ready to wean and just needs to move onto more food. Good luck, Dawn

E - posted on 11/26/2009

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Hi!!... my girl was taking cereal with her formula, so the transition has been very smooth...but I did started with 2% cow's milk first....

Krissy - posted on 11/26/2009

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Hi there my daughter was the same so just gave her her juice with bottled water for the calcuim and yogurt and do not worry about the bottles of cows milk my daughtet is fine krissy

Tabitha - posted on 11/26/2009

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Hi , i wouldnt even both, if he dont like it, i was told as long as you have other products which has milk in it i would not worry. My son is 3 next month and he came off all milk at 11 months, he didnt like cows milk or formula, so i tried other drinks, the best one he liked was decaf tea with cows milk in it, he loved it. So my advice to you is dont worry take care.

Brandi - posted on 11/26/2009

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try a little chocolate or strawberry and see if he will drink that. i went through the same thing. then slowly mixed with regular milk. that is all he wants to drink now. good luck.

Heather - posted on 11/26/2009

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Both my boys are intolerant of the hormones that is in regular milk. I give them organic milk and they are doing great. Also, like the other moms have suggested, mix the milk with the formula and gradually increase the amount of milk, which is how I did my youngest son, now 5, and he was off formula at 12 months and drinking straight milk from a cup. The transition was smooth.

Portia - posted on 11/26/2009

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Have you tried other kinds of milk? My 2 year old is still "on the boob" part time, but drinks almond and rice milk. It's very healthy, and tasty. There is also vanilla, strawberry and chocolate flavours for a special treat. I don't drink cow's milk, because it causes a funny feeling in my throat and then a tummy ache later (maybe I'm intollerant) and my husband doesn't care for cow's milk either. Give it a shot! you never know!! Good luck

Erin - posted on 11/26/2009

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hi Shae i was lucky my Lil boy took himself off formula at 12 months, you can try watering it down as it may be to rich or fatty for him if that doesn't work try maybe giving him a bit of flavour in his milk, they have new stuff to put in kids milk to boost there iron and stuff like that Safeway sell it, its called boost and its less then $6, its kind of like nesquick but specially designed for young tums, hope this works Erin

Erika - posted on 11/26/2009

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Cow's milk is for baby cow's. Instead of using only milk in the bottle, mix it with whatever he was drinking before, start with 1/4 milk and gradually, over a few weeks, you can have a milk only bottle. There are other ways to get him the calcium that he needs, not everyone like's the taste of milk. You could also try other types of milk, we use Almond milk.

Sasha - posted on 11/26/2009

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Do you warm up the milk? I had the same problem with my daughter at that age, and then I gave her the milk straight from the fridge and she's been drinking it ever since! Good luck! Sasha

Deana - posted on 11/26/2009

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Both my girls are teenagers now but when they were little they loved flavoured milk, try that, i have many holiday photos with my babes having their night milk one would have chocolate and the other strawberry. Good luck and dont stress

Maryanna - posted on 11/26/2009

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have you tried the other milks out there??I hve always hated milk.does he ;love yogurt??cheeses,icecream

Dawn - posted on 11/25/2009

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Try giving him calcium in other ways - such as yogurt and cheese (preferably low fat!) - children do not have to drink milk, not all of them like the taste. He is already having it on his cereal, after all. You could also try smoothies - fruit ones.

Kim - posted on 11/25/2009

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I had the same problem with my daughter.My doctor suggested adding a bit of choc. syrup.She wasnt fussy on the choc. but she loved the strawberry.It only takes a little and they get their milk with no fuss.

Jodi - posted on 11/25/2009

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Shae, have you tried to do 1/2 formula and 1/2 cows milk in his bottle? Or even just a small portion of cows milk? If you introduce it gradually, a bit at a time, he probably won't even notice it :)

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