How do I get my 1 year old to drink regular milk? any ideas?

Jera - posted on 02/18/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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He is still breast-feeding but mainly at night, before bed. He had tasted whole milk before, but just a couple of sips here and there. The doc suggested whole milk, and not 2%...

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Kim - posted on 02/18/2010

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my daughter 2yr old now and doesnt like milk only on her cereal,its not such a big problem aslong as he is eatin yoghurts or cheese anything thats milk products try,mine only eats yoghurts and shes fine her weights good she healthy.

Jay - posted on 02/18/2010

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For my son.. i get ovaltine and make it chocolate-y. He wont just drink white milk. It seems if it has some kind of flavor he will drink it. Try that :)

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Cynthia - posted on 02/19/2010

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I would do whole milk for sure it is healthier and then slowly add with your breast milk whole milk to the bottle and slowly put less breast milk into the bottle, so sooner or later it is half and half and then gets less and less breast milk, or you can add karo syrup to it it will help their bowel movements at the same time or introduce a sippie cup too but to many changes at once can be to much. I hope this helps and isnot to much info let me know if i confused you.

Emilie - posted on 02/19/2010

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A couple sips here and there is fine, keep increasing the amount each day, and also offer whole milk yogurt and cheese. My son didn't like milk much, I gave him as much as he would drink, but he also liked cheese alot so I figured with a little milk and cheese he would get enough fat and calcium.

Tiffany - posted on 02/19/2010

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I transitioned my daughter from formula to Soy milk for a few months then switched her to whole milk. She did much better that way!! The soy milk is healthy and it has a little sweeter taste than regular milk. You can get the vanilla or the regular flavor and my daughter loved it...good luck!!

Heather - posted on 02/19/2010

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If you are pumping, try mixing a little of the whole milk in with his bottles at night. Also, my cousin put her daughters on 2%, not whole milk. In the end it is YOUR kid, not the doctors and it will not make too much of a difference if you give him 2% instead of whole. Also try watering it down a little bit if he doesnt like it

Nichole - posted on 02/18/2010

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What worked for me, is I started mixing it in with formula...for example: 2 oz milk/6oz formula and as soon as he would be ok with one amount I would put more milk and less formula...after a week or so he wouldn't drink the formula lol.I know you are breastfeeding, and I used formula, but maybe you could pump? Hope that helps!

Amy - posted on 02/18/2010

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children can't have honey till at least 2! Some sources online say 12 months, but our child dr said 2 years.

Amy - posted on 02/18/2010

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they want whole milk first because it's more fatty and when you move them over to it there not usually eating the best. We got whole milk for our son, but sometimes we gave him 2% or skim depending on if we had it easy by. When he was 13 months old he had skim milk for over a week because we couldn't get while milk where we were for vacation.

If your son takes 2% or other type of milk then slowly keep mixing in more and more whole milk till he drinks it. If he's eating REALLY well then it isn't as big of a deal. At 1 1/2 we switched our son to skim because he's a super good eater!

Don't put sugar in milk! Kids don't need extra sugar! You can give some chocolate milk, but not too often.

Good luck!

Nikkole - posted on 02/18/2010

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i wouldnt give your son ch.milk yet or put sugar in it he wont want to drink the whole milk at all then, and ovaltine is ch.milk mix its bad for them. my friend had the same problem and her son doc told her to mix some breast milk and whole mile toghter. she add less and less breast milk as time want on, and he drinks whole milk now.

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