My 13 month old won't drink her milk

Betsy - posted on 04/05/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 13 months old - around 12 months we switched her from formula to whole milk. She did great with it for the first couple of weeks, but recently it's been alot of trouble! She takes a few sips but doesn't drink much of her milk at all. We've tried it cold, warming it up - room temp, nothing seems to make a difference. And we've tried a few different sippy's (I don't think that's really the problem).
Yesterday she probably only drank about 10oz of milk during the entire day. I've hard to give her water/juice throughout the day to make sure she's getting enough liquids.
My mom and I were both the same way and still hate milk, so I'm wondering if my baby's just being stubborn or maybe she really doesn't like the taste of milk?

Just wondering if you had any ideas of how to get her to drink it better? Or if she's not going to drink it, what should I be doing?

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Kristin - posted on 04/05/2010

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Talk to her pediatrician about a vitamin supplement, one WITH vitamin D. She can get calcium from other sources; broccoli, cheese, yogurt, fortified juice. You may want to consult with a dietician for this. What she really needs from the whole milk right now is the fat. Kids need it for brain development, so you will need to find other sources of healthy fats for her (avocado, cheese, fish). Just do your best to stay clear of trans fats (hydrogenated & partially hydrogenated oils), high fructose corn syrups, and excess sugars.

Just keep offering, it could be a phase too. Kids are so weird about food, you'll want to tear your hair out. Good luck.

Erin - posted on 04/05/2010

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Milk is the main source of vitamin D so if they are not drinking milk they can get vitamin D from the sun. Get her outside! as for the milk my daughter did that so i started mixing it in with food...cereal, oatmeal, poured milk on pudding, etc. she ate the food and got milk at the same time!

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