12 month old refuses cows milk

Sarah-Anne - posted on 03/25/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My daughter just turned 1 on March 20th, and at her check up the doctor says it's time to start weening her onto whole milk and off formula. we've actually been trying for almost a month now and she refuses to drink the milk. we are at equal parts of each and she just turns her nose up at it. anyone else have this problem? i want her on cows milk because we can't afford the formula for much longer ($2/gallon vs. $31+/gal). I was thinking of adding a flavored powder like vanilla or strawberry instant breakfast (staying away from chocolate) to the milk to see if she'll drink it that way. or should i look into pedia-sure or other suppliment drinks? the doctor doesn't have a problem with any of them, she's only 18 pounds (8th percentile for weight) so we don't have to watch her calorie intake. she loves cheese and yogurt so i'm not too worried about calcium either. i'm more concerned about the sugar. any other suggestions to get her to drink her milk?

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Jennifer - posted on 03/25/2010

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I wouldn't be too worried about the milk. If she is getting her dairy other ways, then it really isn't a big deal. Just make sure you do give her cheese or yogurt every day to get in the calcium. I would stop buying the formula though. I really wouldn't get the pedia sure stuff either. My son was on wic and alergic to milk. The only other option he had was a soy based nutritional drink. I had to take him off, because the stuff is so sweet,and he got to the point where he would just refuse food altogether, because that stuff would fill him up.

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Erika - posted on 03/31/2010

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My 3 year old daughter is allergic (not lactose intolerent) to all milk products. She breaks out in hives, her face swells and she vomits violently if milk is given to her. Our doctor had us try Silk in place of cow milk. She loves it, but only the Very Vanilla flavor. We buy it in the "juice box" form instead of the carton. Try it, it may work for you!

Melinda - posted on 03/27/2010

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I mixed cow's milk, formula and water and my son loved it. She may get a tummy ache because it is new. Try condensed and or skim milk.

Sarah-Anne - posted on 03/27/2010

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Bella only gets a 4oz bottle (2oz ea) before bed. she used to get a 4-6oz bottle before naps too, but we weened off those. she will drink out if a nuby sippy if someone holds it... but not milk. she loves the munchkin straw cups... but not with milk. she will drink about 1oz of milk out of her Avent sippy but them gives me a dirty look and throws the cup on the floor. we put milk in her cereal and she seems fine with that. she is big on yogurt and cheese, so i guess not wanting to drink milk may not be a huge deal.

Dana - posted on 03/26/2010

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Leah was the same way. I tried everything from warming it up, flavoring, tried soy milk, goat milk. I ran out of ideas but the doctor might suggest something.

Jasmine - posted on 03/25/2010

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we had the same problem when our son was just turned a yr. our son 20months now, still wont drink it yet like u he eats loads of cheese and yoghurt, but he also has it in his cereal. so we decided if u dont want your bottle of milk than u will hav no bottle at all becoz at the time we didnt hav any muny 2 go get formular. he didnt like flavoured milk either it was as if as soon as we offered something else in the bottle he wudnt trust it.so anyway he got weaned off formular and the bottle all at once wich was a blessn in disguise bcoz now he eats his dinner much better and eats better in general!! whereas before he wud barely touch his dinner and refuse 2 eat foods he usually likes all becoz he new the bottle was coming next. can she use a sippy cup? if so just offer water shel b fine, if u feel bad just offer her more food lol.

Julie - posted on 03/25/2010

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We warm up my son's milk about 15-20 sec. in the microwave, and of course make sure it is well mixed before we give it to him so there aren't any hot spots. He will turn his nose up if it is cold, but warmed he drinks it right down. You didn't mention if you were giving it to your daughter in a bottle or a sippy cup. You might try a different container than what you give her the formula in so she is not expecting the formula.

Kristin - posted on 03/25/2010

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Don't give her any other options (stop buying the formula) and definitely no flavors. Those should be treated as a dessert treat. If you use them to get her to start, you will have an awful time getting her to stop later. Maybe give her the supplement drink if she comes up short, but in place of doesn't sound like a good idea.



Be patient, it's only been a few days. Don't sweat the weight thing too. Both of my boys, were and still are under 10% for weight and height. It's no big thing as long as she doesn't do a major shift. Kids need a lot of exposure to new things before they really go for them. Good luck.

Jennifer - posted on 03/25/2010

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try goats milk! its a bit sweeter and more healthy and easy to digest than cows milk!

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