My daughter wont drink milk any more what should i do?

Maria - posted on 04/22/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 2yrs old when she was 1 and like 2 months i stopped giving her the bottle because the doctor told me that its bad for her teeth which i knew that but i hate the trouble you go through when you take the bottle away thats why i waited so long but now she wont even drink milk out of a cup at all. maybe once a month and only if i give it to her with chocolate i feel that she is going to be calcium deficient. any one has any advice for me. the other thing is that she is addicted to juice she wants nothing but juice and she throws the biggest tantrum if you don't give it to her she will not drink water either. I give in because i have a 4 yr old and a 6 month old too so it hard any advice?

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Jenny - posted on 04/22/2009

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My girl who is now 4 years old did want to drink milk when it was time to take the formula away. I talked to her Dr. about it and the Dr. said that as long as she is eating cheese and yogart ect that she is getting enough calcium. Also there is good for you chocolate out there like Ovaltine that you can give to her like for hot chocolate even, warm up the milk.

Cassandra - posted on 04/22/2009

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Hi there, I had the same problem with my son, only he refused to ever touch milk after I stopped nursing him. I talked to his doctor and he recommended choosing juices that have calcium added to them (Rougemont apple juice and lots of orange juices have it added), don't feel bad if she'll only drink chocolate milk - it's still milk, make sure your lil girl gets other dairy products if she'll eat them, and get a multi-vitamin that has a higher dose of calcium (Flinstones has one for fussy eaters and one for diets where kids don't eat dairy) I hope this helps!

Heather - posted on 04/22/2009

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I am no expert, but here's what I would do,

Firstly, it may just be a phase she is going through right now, I have heard that around your daughters age they can become quite picky (about almost everything).



When you give her juice, are diluting it with water? if not start (1 oz juice 4 oz water).

If she absolutely refuses milk, make sure she is getting enough calcium in other forms, and maybe start giving her a daily multi-vitamin as well.



If this goes on for more than 2 months, it might be a good idea to see the doctor (again).



Good luck,

Heather

Margaret - posted on 04/22/2009

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My son eventually started drinking water when we "ran out" of juice. As for the milk, no worries- you can use supplements; milk per se isn't really necessary.

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Emily - posted on 04/23/2009

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Some high calcium foods (including dairy sources)


Yogurt, plain, low fat 8 oz 415
Skim milk 1 cup 306
Spinach, frozen, Boiled 1 cup 291
Yogurt,plain,whole milk 8 oz 275
Cheese food, pasteurized American 1 oz 162
Cottage cheese,1% milk fat 1 cup 138
Baked beans, canned 1 cup 154
Oranges 1 cup 72
Trail mix (nuts, seeds, chocolate chips) 1 cup 159
Almonds 1 oz (24 nuts) 70
Black eye peas, boiled 1 cup 211
Green peas, boiled 1 cup 94

More importantly than getting milk she should be getting calcium. She can get it from nondairy sources easily. She also needs to be getting a balanced diet of Vitamins A, C and especially D for the calcium to even be absorbed.

Emily - posted on 04/22/2009

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Try a couple drops of vanilla and a packet of sweet n low. tastes like a milkshake. Maybe just heat plain milk. Gotta try. Milk is so important. If you still can't get it talk to the doctor about a calcium supplement.

Jessica - posted on 04/22/2009

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My son recently went through the exact same thing. He is about 2 1/2 yrs now. I would definitely agree that it is a phase. But while he was being picky I watered down his juice and gave him chocolate milk with dinner. And gradually the watered down juice became water and he drank it and now he drinks just plain milk with dinner.

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