the switch to cow's milk

Amy - posted on 01/31/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My 12 month old wants nothing in his sippie cup but water. How did all of you make the switch from breast/formula to cow's milk?

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My son is 14 months and doesnt drink cows milk at all, He still has one breast feed before bed but through the day all he drinks is water. Dont feel you have to give your child milk. There are other alternatives for dairy, cheese, yoghurt. And dont believe all the hype about milk and calcium, cows have extreemly strong bones and they eat grass. :)

Kelly - posted on 02/08/2009

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We use cups with straws for our son. He loves them. We have a different style for his water and milk so he knows what to expect out of them and we have had no problems.

Andrea - posted on 02/04/2009

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My one year old likes the sippy cups with the straws attached. He'll drink anything out of them and hardly wants his bottle. I still have to warm the milk tho, but he'll drink it out of his sippy cup.

Kate - posted on 02/04/2009

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I found a certain sippy cup (different than the ones my son had already used) and that is our Milk Only cup...It is a Nuby with a soft tip....and I have to still warm it.  The first week of the switch I used half formula half milk and progressively less formula until it was all milk! Good luck it is a challenge that is for sure!

Ariel - posted on 02/02/2009

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There's really no reason you *have* to "switch" to cows' milk, which is, after all, meant for calves. Many babies enjoy sipping water throughout the day, and breastmilk provides baby with necessary fluid, nutrients, and antibodies as long as baby and mother continue to enjoy it. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding for at least two years.

User - posted on 02/02/2009

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I have been very lucky with switching my daughter to homo milk. I too, added a little milk each time until the milk was all she was drinking. I never warmed the milk and she has no problems drinking cold milk.

Brandy - posted on 02/02/2009

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My son will drink regular cow's milk from a bottle but not a sippy cup. I've tried several different types of cups and he doesn't mind using them for water but throws them across the room when I put his milk in them. I think I'm just going to have to make the bottles disappear to get him to use the sippy cup. My sister had to get rid of all the bottles in the house to get her kids to start using the sippy cups. She says they really just want the milk and after a little resistance to change they will accept the milk out of the sippy cup.

Emily - posted on 02/02/2009

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This is probably a forbidden trick, but I put just a tiny drizzle of chocolate syrup in the milk and shake it up. It makes the cow's milk much sweeter, as it naturally isn't as sweet as breast milk.

Kerri - posted on 02/01/2009

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I also started mixing cow's milk and formula, progressively  adding less and less formula, until he is on only cow's milk.  The only other liquid that he will drink is water.  We tried some apple juice (in an attempt to loosen up his constipated tummy) and he refused it after one sip. 



My issue is getting him to not shake the free flow sippy cup, flinging it all over the house.  We still use one regular bottle for his night-night milk, but that is on its way out very shortly.

Richardsalena - posted on 02/01/2009

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Our transition was pretty smooth to whole milk. I pumped my breast milk, so my son was used to taking milk from a bottle. I started adding whole milk to the breast milk a little at a time, gradually reducing the breast milk and increasing the whole milk. In about a week -week and a half he was totally on whole milk.



About the same time, I started using Nuby sippy cups for most of his milk. Only offering a bottle for the last nightime milk.The spouts are more like a bottle. After a about two weeks, I would only offer the sippy cups and saved the Nuby ones for the night time and used the regular sippy cups during the day.  That is what worked for us.

Lora - posted on 01/31/2009

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The only way I could get my daughter to take milk was to put it in her bottle and warm it a little. My plan is to then switch over to the sippy cup and then gradually stop warming the milk so she'll take it cold... she doesn't really like sippy cups, so this will probably be a challenge!

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