How can I get my 13 month old breastfed baby to drink cow's milk?

Michelle - posted on 09/02/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )





I have been trying to get my 13 month old to drink cows milk with her snacks or after meals but she won't have more than a mouthful. She has always been breastfeed and has never had a bottle and never had formula. She drinks water from a sipper cup but will refuse to drink if the cup has milk. I have tried putting just 10ml of milk into her water and slowly increasing the ratio of milk and water but as soon as I had a 50/50 mix of water and milk she refused to drink it and now won't drink anything that tastes of milk.

She loves cheese and yoghurt so she gets enough calcium but I want to start weaning her from breast to cow's milk. Does anyone have any ideas?


Nicole - posted on 09/02/2009




If she's eating cheese/yogurt I wouldn't even worry about the cow's milk. IMO milk is quite overrated. My kids' pediatrician said it wasn't necessary as long as they were eating cheese/yogurt. My oldest never liked it though he'll drink chocolate from time to time. He actually uses rice milk on his cereal and occasionally as a drink with a snack. My second child likes milk time to time but I actually prefer he not drink it as one glass plus a piece of cheese he eats plugs him up quickly. He also uses rice milk on his cereal but prefers to drink cow's milk now and then. My third is still exclusively bf but is sensitive to dairy so I don't consume dairy products. My boys drink a bit of juice at breakfast and lunch; otherwise, they drink only water.

Besides, why force something that's not necessary? Water's the best fluid on the planet for our bodies!


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Jenn - posted on 09/03/2009




Maybe try making chocolate milk? I'm not sure, I never had any problems getting my son to drink cow's milk.

Mindy - posted on 09/02/2009




I had to let my son's get at least room temperture or warmer for him to drink it.

He liked cold juice but not cold milk. Now at 2 1/2, sometimes he drink it cold, but sometimes he'll let his glass sit out for awhile before he will drink it. HTH

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