OMG my 1 year olds refusing milk!!! help!

Lisa - posted on 01/11/2011 ( 26 moms have responded )

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ok so i been slowly weening him since about 6 months to have less bottles more food, now we got this down to 1 bottle a night just before he goes to bed as his bedtim routine, which was great because i knew he was getting the vitamins still from it , but now he doesnt want it at all!!! iv tried cows milk, his normall milk and the cow and gate growing up milk and hes refused them every time!! im more worried about the vitamins and calcium he may be missing out on, but is it really essential for him to be drinking milk? hes 1 yr 2 months im not sure my oldest son was drinking cows milk on a daily basis so i was fine with this but no milk at all is worrying!! any advice ladies??

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Callie - posted on 01/11/2011

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If he doesn't like drinking milk, I don't think its a problem. Just make sure he's getting the proper servings of dairy. It can come from a variety of cheeses or yogurt and will give him plenty of calcium. To cover the fats and proteins he's not getting from whole milk, I'd serve him avocados and beans are an excellent source of protein. You can always ask your pedi for a serving guide for toddlers or maybe she has some advice too. She works with kids every day. Good Luck.

Maeghan - posted on 01/13/2011

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my 1 year old is the same way! i talked to the doctor and she said as long as shes gaining weight and development is on track shes fine. try cheese and yogurt for calcium, and i also found that my daughter likes "smoothies", that is, milk with half a banana and a spoonfull of cocoa mixed up in the blender :)

Jodi - posted on 01/13/2011

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My 22 month old has only had a few sips of cow's milk, by my choice and hers. I never felt milk was necessary and she never showed a real interest in it. We get all of her calcium and nutrients, vitamins and minerals from other foods. If you're fine with dairy, there's cheese (and cottage cheese too!) yogurt and that stuff. But also broccoli and spinach and legumes and the like have the same things as milk in them. There are lots of food options out there to give your child a balanced diet without milk, a quick search on google for calcium rich foods, or foods with vitamin D will give you a great start.

Sammie - posted on 01/13/2011

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My 19 mo got gastro at 15 mionths, and stopped drinking milk. It's not a bad thing. After 12 months they should be on full cream milk anyway (not skim etc), but if they are choosing not to, they should be getting dairy requirements from cheese's, yoghurts etc. Plenty can be done with yoghurt, so you won't just be feeding him a tub all day ;) Perhaps cut down on the juice offerings, as he is still quite young. I only gave my daughter "children's juice" which is watered down, and then I added water, until she was 18 months. Now she has just watered down"adult juice". He may be refusing the milk because he knows he'll get juice instead. Continually offer him water to ensure he doesn't get dehydrated. A lot of mum's would be happy to have their child off the bottle at 12 months ;) My daughter eventually went back to one bottle at night for her sleep and that is it. Took a couple of weeks after she went off it entirely though. :) Hope this helps!

Georgina - posted on 01/13/2011

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hi lisa am in the uk and had that prob too, their are baby vitimins u can give him its called Abidec u will find them in boots etc

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Aimee - posted on 01/14/2011

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my daughter did the same so i went out and bought some powdered milk shake and put it in her milk and she drank every bit sometime kids get fed up of the same taste so they want somethin diff dont put alot in just a little about half a tea spoon hope this helps good luck she got over it by the time she was a year and half

Rebecca - posted on 01/13/2011

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maybe he is ready for a sippy??? i know i had this same problem with my soon to be three year old. he didn't want just plain milk so try to put some flavoring n it or something, but see if its ok with your doc if you want. i used chocolate mix he loves it. then my husband did something with a little sugar, vanilla. ... wish i had more

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Just make sure he gets dairy, like Karen said yogurts and look up veggies that are high in calcium. My sister also drank goats milk and at 30 years old still hates regular milk.

Karen - posted on 01/13/2011

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my son did that as well and i mentioned it at his last check up. the dr told me that if i gave him a couple of yogurts or other milk products in the day he would get enough calcium and the vitamins would come from his fruits and veggies. she told me as well (and this suprised me) that she often will tell parents of children who don't like milk products in general to give them a half of tums a day to get the calcium - obviously this isn't something you'd probably do without consulting your child's dr but i thought it was interesting. (btw - keep offering the milk to him, he may eventually begin to drink it again. my son boycotted it for about two months and now he drinks it in the morning and before bed again).

Megan - posted on 01/13/2011

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my daughter had a problem with drinking milk for a couple months and my mother in law told me to just not give her an option.....so whatever milk you decide to give him let that be what he gets and he will quickly catch on that he will have to drink it....it took my daughter less than a week to be totally on milk after i did that!

Falon - posted on 01/13/2011

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my son wouldnt take any kind of milk besides breast milk, but im expecting ym 2nd so i needed him to be done with breast feeding. It took a bit but everyday I offered him homo milk. One day i got an idea to try to flavour the milk. I pureed some banana's into it and he drank it. Now he drinks the recommened dose of milk everyday without any problems or fussing, i still have to puree strawberry or banana's into it but at least he is drinking milk to help develope his brain :) Good luck.

Lynn - posted on 01/13/2011

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Yes it is essential to drink milk to help his bones build strength but,you can also try pediasure. It has alot of the essential vitamins in it or you can also try a mixture of his milk with cow's milk.

Lisa - posted on 01/12/2011

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no atm not drinking milk at all lol drinks a lot of dilute orange about 4 - 5 beakers a day lol n he wont have choco milk he dont like chocolate lol

September - posted on 01/12/2011

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Our son is not a big milk drinker and never really has been. I'm just sure to offer a well rounded diet of healthy nutritious foods and plenty of fluids to keep him hydrated, mostly water and fruit smoothies. He does drink some milk every day. If you're really concerned you should talk to your pediatrician.

Marlo - posted on 01/12/2011

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If you are worried you can buy liquid Vitamins for babies and put it in his juice. Just keep offering the milk. maybe try different kinds. (fat free, whole, %2, Soy, maybe even chocolate)

Kelina - posted on 01/11/2011

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my son won't drink milk either but he does eat yogurt and cheese. you can try a liquid calcium if you can't find anyhting he'll drink until he's a little older. we got my son a blueberry flavored one and he loves it!

Dawn - posted on 01/11/2011

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Does he eat yogurt or cheese? If he's getting enough calcium through other parts of his diet, it really isn't that big a deal. My older daughter was allergic to dairy for her first 18 months, so when she stopped breastfeeding and were switching to another form, we tried soy. She took to the soy right away. Once she was over her dairy allergy, we started her on whole milk, and at first she hated it. Now, she loves it! It's the same as when you first started solid foods. Keep trying. If after 7 or 8 days of trying, he still doesn't want it, give it a rest for a couple weeks, and try again. He may just never like milk. If he isn't taking in any other dairy, talk to his doctor or a nutritionist and find out how to compensate with other foods in his diet. Or if you know any vegans, they could probably let you in on their secret. Good luck!

Shannon - posted on 01/11/2011

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give him little bits of cheese, and yogurt that naturally sweetened and other options that have calcium in them my son hated milk too so we just gave him other calcium options

Stephanie - posted on 01/11/2011

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try using evaporated milk my peditrican recommended it when my daughter was having trouble going from formula to whole milk. hope this helps ot did for me

Lisa - posted on 01/11/2011

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o and he doesnt like chocolate anything biscuits, milk anything tried all that doesnt like chocolate yoghurts lol

Lisa - posted on 01/11/2011

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@ mellissa im in the uk and yea gunna try him with cheese but im not sure he will eat it, he does eat yoghurt tho but i cant just feed him yoghurt all the time lol

Tammika - posted on 01/11/2011

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Wow. I would definately be concerned too! Have you tried giving him calcium in other forms? I think some can be found in vitamins, cheese, ice-cream, and other dairy products. Another thing you can try is maybe strawberry milk (I don't know if they sell a type with less sugar or not), or even a little chocolate milk.

Liz - posted on 01/11/2011

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My daughter went through a phase like that. We ended up having to use pediasure for her for a little while. Then she started drinking milk again.

Melissa - posted on 01/11/2011

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Not sure where you live(I live in the U.S.) but almond milk is very delicious... definitely should give it a try.

Lisa - posted on 01/11/2011

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no havnt tried almond milk didnt even know u could get that lol he wasnt impressed with any milk even the 1 he was drinking before!! just strange never had this prob lol

Melissa - posted on 01/11/2011

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Have you tried almond milk??? That is what I give to my son because my chiroprator recommended it when he had some allergy issues... well I love it too so I have continued with it. He will drink regular 2% milk because whole upsets his stomach. They make almond milk in regualr, vanilla, and chocolate. I started with vanilla not realizing that they made original but now give him original.

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