ok how do I get a 1 year old to drink milk???

Melanie - posted on 02/24/2009 ( 47 moms have responded )

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My baby is just over a year i have placed milk in a bottle but no go! she looks at it ..trys it and .....no way! HELP!

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User - posted on 02/25/2009

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she is a yeara old, try it in a sippy cup.  also if she is used to formula, formula has added sugar so she is used to the sweetness, breastmilk also has a natural sweetness to it.  she is over a year old so she can have a little honey in it.  warm up the milk with a bit of honey...and see how she likes it.  very gradually reduce the amount of honey in it (over a month so she won't notice).  and there you go...your little girl is drinking milk.

Michelle - posted on 02/24/2009

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With our first, she was drinking 8 oz of formula per bottle by 9 months--when she hit nine months and the blood test was okay, ped told us to try milk.  We started 7 oz formula and 1 oz milk, then increased it by an ounce every two weeks until she was drinking totally milk.  Worked like a charm and the taste was gradual.  By 10 months, we were trying that with the sippy cup.  My child was a picky eater and ate like a bird, so I felt milk was essential for her.  I think it is for every kid, but that's my own opinion.  Either way, the more gradual the better in our case.  We are trying it now on our second daughter who is 9 months--so far, so good.  Everything is better in moderation--I think half and half would have been too much for our daughter--small increments worked best to keep her unaware that she was trying something new until it was too late and she actually liked it.  Now, she is three and still LOVES milk! 

Jennifer - posted on 02/24/2009

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My second child refused to drink cow's milk at first.  So I started by mixing milk and formula (1 part milk to 3 parts formula)  I gradually changed the mix until she was completely on cow's milk.  If you're nursing, you might try this using pumped breast milk and cow's milk.  Hope this helps.

Connie - posted on 02/24/2009

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Did you wean her on to the milk? If she was a formula baby you should have mixed the milk with formula in small increments over a week or two until it was a full bottle of milk, slowly introducing the new taste and texture is the best way to go.

Kelly - posted on 02/24/2009

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There are lots of sources for calcium...which is what you are after.  If you put cereal or flavorings in it she will just get chubby!  She will be fine with water as long as she gets calcium from other foods.

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Patti - posted on 02/25/2009

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We used to mix half formula half milk and then wean it to more milk until it was all milk. Even at that age they can be controlling. If this doesn't work she will get thirsty eventually. Give her a choice of milk or water. She will like the milk for sure.

Doreen - posted on 02/25/2009

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My son rejected feeding bottle when he's about 6-7months old. He totally rejects feeding bottle even though it's breastmilk. I don't know why he rejected the feeding bottle. So, I've got no choice, I spoon feed him his milk till now, 15months old.

Shawna - posted on 02/25/2009

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ALSO IF THAT DOESNT WORK, MY SON GOT SICK EVERY TIME I GAVE HIM MILK, SO I HAD 2 GIVE HIM EITHER SOY MILK, WHICH HE LOVED OR GOATS MILK, HE WAS OK WITH THAT TOO, SO MAYBE TRY THOSE TOO??

Shawna - posted on 02/25/2009

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TRY MIXING IT, AT FIRST, 3/4 OF FORMULA AND 1/4 MILK THEN GRADUALLY START ADDING 1/2 AND 1/2 THEN LATER ADD MORE MILK THEN FORMULA. I HAVE DONE THIS AND IT SEEMED TO WORK. LET MEKNOW IF IT WORKS FOR U. MY DAUGHTER IS NOW 10 MONTHS AND SHE DRINKS APPLE JUICE AND WATER, SO HOPEFULLY AT 12 MONTHS I CAN TRY THE MIXINGH THING WITH HER TOO. GOOD LUCK. :)

Keela - posted on 02/25/2009

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Apperantly I was the same way! My mom tried everything, it never worked....I still dont like milk.....

Lesley - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi the tip I was given which worked great for us was, put 2/3 formula to 1/3 milk in a bottle & gradually reduce the formula till it's just milk. Good luck.

Mary - posted on 02/25/2009

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my daughter loves soy milk - you could try that. there are so much misinformation out there about soy. from what I've read it actually helps regulate the estrogen in your body and helps to excrete excess estrogen rather than cause levels to rise which is what a lot of people think. i was reading about it being recommended for patients with endometriosis because of this fact. (they need a low estrogen level.) anyway, so thats what we use. You can make it really nutritious by adding ground walnuts, sunflower seeds, and a date or two for sweetness. makes a great drink with good fats, omega 3 fatty acids, protein, and i believe soymilk is fortified with calcium. thats a recipe my doctor recommended. anyway, my daughter loves it. just a suggestion! good luck!

Michele - posted on 02/25/2009

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Being persistant and not giving in was my luck.  Also try cutting the formula with the milk and weining her off of it!!  Hope that helps!!

User - posted on 02/25/2009

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be careful with soy milk, very high estrogen content...not so good for boys.  do a bit of research on this tiopic and see if it's still right for your son.  you know best though.

Dianian - posted on 02/25/2009

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try giving her the milk in a sippy cup. Making her think shes a big girl now and big girls need to drink milk to be strong like Mommy =)

Rhea - posted on 02/25/2009

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hi, my daughter is the same but she is almost 20 months, but about 4 months ago she would bot drink her milk in a snippy cup, so my dr told me to put a little bit of chocolate milk in with the whole milk . it work for a while but now she does not drink it anymore, so  i make sure she has cheese and yougert, and i give her instant oatmeal and put milk in it.



hope this helps you some

Cynthia - posted on 02/25/2009

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Formula is made with water so perhaps you could do a half and half thing and slowly work up to all milk. She is rebelling against the taste most likely so you have to be a bit deceptive until she aquires a taste for milk. you can also try putting milk in a cup at one feeding...say dinner with the family and use a little healthy peer pressure...look Daddy and Mommy are drinking our milk can you drink yours? Hope this helps...

Julie - posted on 02/25/2009

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i just mixed half formula and half milk in her bottle for about a week and she didn't even notice when i cut out the formula.

Laura - posted on 02/25/2009

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I went through this with my 3yr old daughter when she turned one. I had to switch her to step up formula after reg. formula because she would do the same thing. She would even gag when I tried to give it to her. My 14 yr. old son suggested to start mixing the regular milk with the formula a little at at time and keep increasing the milk until she was drinking regular milk instead of formula. Start out with small amounts and gradually work up to a full bottle. I think I would mix 2 oz. of milk to 4oz. of formula. IT worked for us. I now have an 18mo. old, and it looks like its going to be the same routine for her. Good luck. I hope this helps.

Bridgette - posted on 02/25/2009

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My son was the same way. I mixed it 1/4 milk and 3/4 formula for a couple of bottles and then went 1/2 milk and 1/2 formula and so on until he adjusted to the taste and would drink milk no problem.

Bridgette - posted on 02/25/2009

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My son was the same way. I mixed it 1/4 milk and 3/4 formula for a couple of bottles and then went 1/2 milk and 1/2 formula and so on until he adjusted to the taste and would drink milk no problem.

Diana - posted on 02/25/2009

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hey im a first time mom my son is almost three and i had the same problem..what i did was slowly adjusted him from his formula to milk i would put milk in first alil then frill with his formula and then increase the amounts each day .hope that helps keep me posted ciao

Madrene - posted on 02/25/2009

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My grandson was a stinker when it came from formula to milk when he turned one. I don't think there is any right or wrong, as each child is so different! We ended up putting 2-3 drops of chocolate syrup or strawberry syrup in his milk to change the taste for a couple of weeks til he was willing to drink 2%. Good luck w/ what ends up working for you :)

Melanie - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Skylur:

Try warming it up.



Oh I have..hot..cold...choclate.. she drinks juice apple & orange but not milk! thanks.

Melanie - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Roxanne:



my pediatrician recommended this with my child number three.   those carnation instant breakfasts?   Add a little of flavoring to it.  It is still nutritious, not as much sugar as if you just put in chocolate or strawberry syrup and they are getting some nutrition as well.   my child loves it.  






Thanks I will try this!

Melanie - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting MarthaJane:



I suggest you check with your pediatrician.  If you've been nursing, perhaps your child is not ready to give that up yet.  Perhaps your child has some lactose resistance and her body is naturally telling her to stay away from cow's milk.  The way we weaned our kids was to just leave a sippy cup at their place at the table (or on the high chair).  If they felt like drinking out of it, they did,  If not, we didn't try to force it. Unless the reason for having a bottle is that you have to go to work, then there's really no reason to force a bottle on her.  Also, I think your pedi. might tell you milk isn't all that important if you are still nursing.






One thing I learned in raising my kids right from infancy through to their 30's was that anything you try to force will be what they resist most.  Just let it happen.  When they want to "grow up" , they will.  You have to let them be the guide and remember that you will blink someday and realize they grew up before you knew it!






Thanks this is #6 and she is just making it hard!  I am still nursing, "perhaps your child is not ready to give that up yet"  that's what I was thinking too!

User - posted on 02/24/2009

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HI Melanie!

I have a one year old also that won't drink milk...i've tried breast milk, half and half, as well as flavoring, but he does the same thing...tries it, then tosses it! I also have a daughter (now 9) that was the same way...I stressed over it with her for a long time. My peditrictian said keep offerering it now and again...but as long as she was getting in the calcium requirements, it wasn't a big deal. My daughter now drinks lots of milk and is very healthy...yay! I still wish my 1 year old son would drink milk...even though I know he'll be fine! I feel your frustration... just be reassured that as long as she's getting her calcium requirements and a well balanced diet...she's getting what she needs! Good luck!

Karen - posted on 02/24/2009

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I put strawberry flavoring (powder) in my sons milk and he loves it. I get the lower sugar kind and my pediatrician says its still lower in sugar than juice. My son loves it. We gradually reduced the amount of flavoring until it was plain.

Kerry - posted on 02/24/2009

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My doctor told me for about a week to give the bottle with half formula half milk. And then give only milk.

Jen - posted on 02/24/2009

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Martha, thank you for your thoughts - my daughter is 8 mos and I am breastfeeding her - but would like to see her drink milk/breast or formula once in a while from bottle or sippy cup - did you ever do this with your babies and how??

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MarthaJanePeck has it right. Our bodies were never made to drink any other type of milk besides our mothers milk. This whole "Milk, it does a body good" thing is a totaly farse if you ask me. For an extreme view on this, check out http://www.notmilk.com Its a little extreme, but really- we can get our calcium and vitamins from other sources that are better than milk and wont cause a little baby's tummy any ache. Go for rice milk, stick with water and just let your kid drink what they are used to. I say dont push it.

Marcie - posted on 02/24/2009

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I had a problem with my 6 year old when she was that age.  It might not be what the pediatrician would tell you to do but it worked for me.  I gave her a sippy with milk in it and did not give her anything else but that cup.  with every meal and when ever she was thirsty.  My daughter was very stubborn and it took almost two days but she finally got thirsty enough to just drink the milk and I had no more problems with her. 

Becky - posted on 02/24/2009

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I had to do half formula and half Milk for my little girl when she was one she did the same thing tried and did not like it then I did the half and half and did little by little formula and more milk and soon she was just drinking whole milk, She is 3.5 years now and all she wants to drink is milk or Chocolate milk.
well I hope that helped.

Lara - posted on 02/24/2009

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Just a suggestion, but have you tried a sippy cup with her.  My son would never take milk from a bottle, but took it great from a sippy cup.  I don't know if he maybe associated the bottle with a particular taste and the milk just wasn't the same taste.  But it worked for us.

Clare - posted on 02/24/2009

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have you tried putting a bit of strawberry or other flavours in, and then ween it out, if you older kids make it a game with curly straws ect,

Toni - posted on 02/24/2009

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I don't think that there is an importance in her DRINKING milk is there? So long as she is getting her calcium and fat from other sources than I wouldn't worry at all. Try giving her some cereal like cheerios where she has to fish the cereal out herself and she'll be taking the milk in at the same time. This will give her a better taste for the milk compared to using it in porridge, also let her see you poor the milk into her bowl, she will make the connection that it's the same milk that she eats that she gets in her bottle or cup and will probably try it herself one day when your not expecting it.

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Really, I agree about the soy milk, but be careful as some children have or can develop a sensitivity  to soy also.  I sincerely would ask your pediatrician about this one.  There is no need to push cow's milk or soy, which is indeed better, at the young age of 1 year.  Humans actually were never meant to drink other milk than mom's own, so don't get too worried about it as long as she is still getting breast milk or calcium through other food sources.

Roxanne - posted on 02/24/2009

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my pediatrician recommended this with my child number three.   those carnation instant breakfasts?   Add a little of flavoring to it.  It is still nutritious, not as much sugar as if you just put in chocolate or strawberry syrup and they are getting some nutrition as well.   my child loves it.  

Dawn - posted on 02/24/2009

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I would think as long as you're consistant with it she'll eventually drink it. Try mixing some with the formula/breast milk. Someone else also suggested yogurt and cheese... I would agree. She'll get her dairy through other foods while you're trying to get her drink milk. It will happen! :)

Kellie - posted on 02/24/2009

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It might sound kinda crazy, but have you tried soy milk? Not soy formula (ew gross). But try Silk Vanilla. It tastes great to my nieces, and although my 7 month old only gets breastmilk, I plan on starting him on soy milk before cow milk. Its sweeter and flavored but WAY better for them anyway. Let me know!

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I suggest you check with your pediatrician.  If you've been nursing, perhaps your child is not ready to give that up yet.  Perhaps your child has some lactose resistance and her body is naturally telling her to stay away from cow's milk.  The way we weaned our kids was to just leave a sippy cup at their place at the table (or on the high chair).  If they felt like drinking out of it, they did,  If not, we didn't try to force it. Unless the reason for having a bottle is that you have to go to work, then there's really no reason to force a bottle on her.  Also, I think your pedi. might tell you milk isn't all that important if you are still nursing.



One thing I learned in raising my kids right from infancy through to their 30's was that anything you try to force will be what they resist most.  Just let it happen.  When they want to "grow up" , they will.  You have to let them be the guide and remember that you will blink someday and realize they grew up before you knew it!

Laurie - posted on 02/24/2009

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Maybe you pretend to drink out of a bottle just like his that has milk in it, i never had a prob with my kids, this is a new prob for me



 

Toni - posted on 02/24/2009

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Just keep trying her. So long as she eats yoghurts, cheese and has milk in her cereal then I wouldn't worry too much.

Lenny - posted on 02/24/2009

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I dont know if this is right or wrong but I mixed it with the cereal she was used to with the formula... it's a slow process but keep at it she will catch on..

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