I can't get my daughter to drink whole milk :(

Stacy - posted on 06/10/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




She started weaning herself about 2weeks ago so I decided instead of buying formula to just give her whole milk. I would not have a problem with it but she wont drink milk from a sippy cup or bottle. She will be 1 tomorrow has never had a bottle and will drink water out of a cup. She will still nurse randomly during the day but it is at most 2 times. Normally I can get her to nurse after nap time. She also wakes up in the middle of the night and nurses and then nurses a little when she first wakes up. I know she is not intaking enough calories. B/C her doctor wanted her to be eating 2jars of baby food and 2 bowls of cereal on top of her nursing every 2 hours. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to get my daughter to start drinking milk? I don't want her to become dehidrated.


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Krissy - posted on 06/11/2009




with my 1st her peds told me to put her on whole milk at 9 months and she took to it find but with the 2nd whom is 9 months I tried 2% milk and it didnt agree with her so I switched to Soy milk ( extra calcium) and it's the best thing for her.

Ally - posted on 06/11/2009




when our daughter turned one we tired the wole milk also and she wanted nothing to do with it...we started by mixing it with breastmilk but as soon as it was more than half cows milk she wouldn't touch it. We have since tried her on goats milk and she loves it ...she is 14 months old and we have been using the goats milk for about a month and a half now. She gets 1-2 bottles of it a day so it cuts back on her nursing some days. she still nurses in the morning and before bed but has a goats milk bottle before naps. The consistency is much closer to breastmilk...and is supposed to be healthier and easier to digest and a great substitute for cows milk. As long as she is having enough wet diapers during the day I wouldn't be too worried. She can also drink water and can basically be eating everything you are at this point. (The only thing my daughter hasn't been introduced to yet are nuts and berries. ) the recommendation your doctor gave you for nursing also seems like a lot...babies that are a year old certainly do not need to be nursing every two hours especially since she is eating solids. A normal menu at our house would be breakfast - cereal or eggs , 1/2 a yo baby yogurt and a slice of fruit and water...lunch grilled cheese, applesauce and green beans and water ,dinner -small peices of meat, cooked carrots and mashed potatoes and water.In between that she will nurse in the morning have a bottle of goats milk before her nap...and then nurse again before bed. That has pretty much been our routine since she was a year old. Hope this helps :)

Mel - posted on 06/10/2009




i had that problem mine doesnt like the taste of anything but water she wont drink cows milk or formula even tho i give her the vanilla flavoured one. ive just been putting cows milk down her feeding tube since she was abut 10 mins and sometimes replace feeds withc ows milk down her tube. not exactly sure but what about trying to water it down half water half milk or half milk half formula something like that

Amanda - posted on 06/10/2009




she should only need 24 ounces in 24 hours plus 3 meals a day and a couple little snacks.
remember a serving for a baby is pretty small. you said she nurses twice in the day and once at night. how long is she feeding for? is she emptying both breasts? how much milk can you get when you pump?
remember the baby can get the milk better than the pump so she is probably just getting enough with the 3 feeds. have you offered her BM in a cup? my daughter uses a boon cup, it is the only one she will take. try one of those.
or one of those bottles that looks like a boob.

Dawn - posted on 06/10/2009




My kids pediatrician told me that if they are getting calcium and protein from a source like yogurt, cheese, even pudding, not to push milk. My three year old wouldn't drink milk and turns out she is allergic, she only drinks soy milk. There are plenty of options other than whole milk.

Hanna - posted on 06/10/2009




You actually shouldn't start your daughter on cow milk (especially whole milk) right away -- it contains proteins and fat that are very hard for kids to digest. so it may be that she knows she can't handle it yet and therefore refusing it. when my brother was little, mom used to buy goat milk for him because cow milk was too hard to digest (it stinks but it's better for the baby). i would stick to water, purees, cereal, and also talk to your pediatrician to check whether or not she's lactose intolerant or she is like my sister who just didn't like milk.

if she drinks water, then she won't be dehydrated. but if for whatever reason she just doesn't like milk (and is not lactose intolerant), then maybe you can give her a yogurt (those dannon baby ones) to get the protein/calcium instead of milk when you stop breast/formula feeding. in the meantime, she gets the liquid and the calcium from nursing. good luck!

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