My toddler will not drink milk

Angie - posted on 02/23/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 16 months old and will not drink milk. Any other children like my daughter? We tried chocolate milk too.

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Angie - posted on 02/24/2010

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I tried vanilla chocolate and strawberry milk. I will try warming it up but the last time she wouldn't drink it. Not too worried becauuse she likes yogurt and cheeses

Joan - posted on 02/23/2010

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have you tried strawberry flavor or a little vanilla? you could also try instant breakfast. my kids loved yogurt,cheese, cottage cheese etc so there are options

good luck

Leanne - posted on 02/23/2010

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I must disagree with the earlier post - milk is a healthy option for toddlers to drink and is certainly much healthier than juice and fruit drinks. The healthiest option is water but you don't get the nutritional benefits of protein, carbohydrates, vitamin D, A, B1, B2, B3 and B12, phosphorous, potassium and of course calcium. I suggest you try to persist and I do agree with the earlier posts that trying to find the right temperature helps. My third child was fussy about the temperature as he was used to breast milk but at about 20 months started to drink it straight from the fridge. I have an honours degree in biological sciences. There are some people who are lactose intolerant for whom milk is not beneficial but you would probably already know at this stage whether or not your toddler is lactose intolerant.

Lisa - posted on 02/23/2010

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Try cup with lid & straw and then try adding some cinnamon to the milk. Worked for my daughter. I got the cinnamon trick from a friend. We used about a tablespoon of cinnamon. HAHAHAHAHA...we had to wean our girls off the cinnamon, but at 3 years old my daughter drinks regular milk just fine (with a straw; she still has to have a straw to drink milk).

Kylie - posted on 02/23/2010

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The other option is water it down. We drink whole milk here in Australia and my now 7 year old is not a fan. I used to add a bit of water to it to make it less strong I guess you could say. Also she should get enough calcium from other foods, cheese, yoghurt, icecream, make her a smoothie or get her to help you make a smoothie (let her banana in it or something), green leafy veg, that kind of thing. Get creative, you might be surprised.

Lisa - posted on 02/23/2010

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Milk is bad for her teeth anyway... ask your dentist! and she will get enough calcium from other food, ask your doctor! One of my twins has lung issues, the other has autism. Cow milk is very congestive... bad for the lungs. especially when she gets a cold. Milk causes kids to eat sugary cereal... The point, there is no upside to drinking milk! It's actually better for her. And I'm not a health nut, our life just turned out the same way yours is. She doesn't like it, don't make her drink it :)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/23/2010

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My son hates white milk...doesn't like chocolate either...they sell those little like 16 ounce strawberry milks in the same section...I fill up his cup about 1 inch of strawberry milk to 7 oz of white milk and he cannot drink it fast enough. They also sell vanilla milk. I figure the small amount of sugar is out weighed by getting him to drink the milk. Give it a shot!

Suzette - posted on 02/23/2010

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have you tried warming it up? My daughter wasn't that crazy about it but I am a huge coffee drinker so I would make mine and then hers (chocolate of course) and she started drinking it!!! I would tell her, here is your coffee and here is mommy's and then we would sit at the table or couch and drink it together. It worked for us, hope it helps, Oh, and she now drinks plain milk.

Katie - posted on 02/23/2010

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Did you breastfeed or give her formula that was warmed? If so, she might not like the milk because it is cold. You may want to warm it a little and slowly start giving the milk at cooler temperatures.

Morlando - posted on 02/23/2010

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My daughter never drank milk either.. she is now 6 and still wont.. but she loves cheese.. maybe try some cheese...

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