How can i make my 3 year old drink cow milk?

Shireen - posted on 09/20/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my 3 year old girl refuses to drink any kind of cow milk. she only drinks the formula. even if i try to give her a chocolate milk drink she goes crazy... does anybody have some ideas?

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Sarah - posted on 09/23/2009

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just dont give the formula to her. if she doesnt have the option to refuse the milk to get what she wants she will eventually give the cows milk a fair try. as long as she is getting eoungh calcium from yogurt, cheese and other dairy products.

Shireen - posted on 09/23/2009

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Thanks to everyone for all the advise :-) I started giving her half formula half cow milk and she drinks it. PS: but she doesn't see me mix it :-)
Lets see how it will work out

Tegan - posted on 09/21/2009

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try giving it in milkshakes with fruit or colouring it with food dye to her faviourite colour. otherwise i agree just try her on soy or goat. cows milk is certaintly not the only form of calcium.

Betty - posted on 09/20/2009

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Try soy milk. It has the same good stuff in it and she might like it better than cows milk. Also, if she eats cheese, ice cream, or yogert she shouldn't have to drink milk.
You could try making yummy smoothies for her. That way she's also having a few extra servings of fruit during the day.
My step daughter is allergic to milk and soy. I give her calcium bears from Trader Joes. She loves them. There are plenty of other foods out there that have calcium, protein, and vitamin d in them too. A child can thrive without milk just fine if she is fed a variety of other foods.

Lily - posted on 09/20/2009

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just don't give it to her, she must not like it. why does she have to have it?

Lisa - posted on 09/20/2009

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I'm a child care giver for kids in this age group..most doctors reccomend to parents to start by putting !/4 milk and 3/4 formula to a bottle (or sippy cup) for a week. The next week, increase the whole milk to 1/2 the bottle. the 3rd week, 3/4 should be whole milk, and the final week all whole milk. If she's having problems digesting it, or if she still refuses it outright, talk to her doctor about trying her on Lactaid or soy or rice milk. She might have an intolerance or an allergy.

Brooke - posted on 09/20/2009

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Okay, so, first off, some kids really don't like the taste and sometimes it will stay with them even into adulthood. Here are some ideas to try though. If she likes formula try this. Slowly, day by day, water down her formula, soon she won't find the taste enjoyable anymore, then you explain to her that now she's a big girl and milk is what big girls drink. Next, you could take her out and let her pick out a really "cool" big girl sippy cup. You have to make this cup a big deal and explain to her that she can only drink "special grown up milk" in this cup. You make it a huge deal and she'll think she is getting something sooo special. Be sure that this sippy cup stays seperate from the rest so that she knows when you set it out for her that she HAS to drink the milk in it. Also, get rid of the formula and be firm on taking it away. Explain to her that she's a big girl now and doesn't need it anymore and now she gets to have "grown up" milk like Mommy! Make milk sound like something really special, it will be more enticing to her. It may take a couple days but be persistand and don't waver when she puts up a fight. When my daughter was 11 months I started introducing whole milk to her. She was still too young then to really put up a fuss and the transition was soo easy bottles and formula were gone 3 days after her first birthday and now, she LOVES milk! Hope this helps & good luck! =)

Sarah - posted on 09/20/2009

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I agree with Michelle. My kids doctor suggested that when we decided to put them on Cow milk.

Michelle - posted on 09/20/2009

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My little girl is nine months and we just started her on Homo milk. My doctor suggested mixing it half formula and half cows milk, and then raising the amount of cows milk slowly. It could be the taste of the milk that she doesn't like and that would help mask it a little. Good luck:o)

Traci - posted on 09/20/2009

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maybe it is too thick or strong... try skim or watering it down and warming it up. it gives the same bad flavor and warm milk that formula gives to her.

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