tips on offering cows milk?

Nicole - posted on 02/17/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son turned one 2 1/12 weeks ago. We've been offering him cows milk (he's still breastfeeding in addition to solid foods) but he'll only take a couple sips and then pushes it away. Today I was told we need to "fatten him up" by his doctor, they are concerned he is not gaining enough weight. Any tips for getting him to like the cows milk?

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Erika - posted on 02/19/2010

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I just weaned my daughter from breastmilk officially a couple of weeks ago. I agree with Kathy. Try to warm the milk up a bit. Here's what I did with my daughter who will be 1 next Thursday, February 25th. I gave her half of Organic Whole Milk in a cup. I would still nurse her a few times a day and feed her solids as well. She slowly started liking the Whole Milk a little bit more. (I have a 2 1/2 year old son who uses the same sippy cups and I think she wants to be like him) She is offically on Whole Milk as of this week.

Hope this helps a bit.

Erika
http://www.4MyFamilyandMe.com

Heather - posted on 02/19/2010

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with my daughter i never used whole milk because it was too strong for her she didnt like it..... I used 2% and till this day she drinks the hell out of it... But do half and half and then slowly take the breast milk out.

Staci - posted on 02/19/2010

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Try adding some strawberry flavor to the milk to sweeten it. My daughter was breastfed to a year and absolutely refused regular cows milk until I sweetened it with strawberry quick powder. Breast milk is sweet and cows milk is salty...so I just went with what I thought would be better for her taste palate. She LOVES milk now...and prefers it with the strawberry in it. I am not concerned about extra calories or sugar or whatever bc she is lower on the weight scale and could stand to gain a few pounds :) haha. The other thing you can try is start with skim milk and work up to whole milk. Breast milk isn't as thick as whole milk so it's tough for them to get used to the consistency. Hope that helps! :)

Nicole - posted on 02/19/2010

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thanks everyone for your advice, Kathy I think I will do as you did, we'd like to wean him so that I could go back to work and I think that is our best bet.

Kathy - posted on 02/17/2010

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there is such a big difference between cow's milk and breastmilk once they are older that it can be quite difficult to transition them over. Do you give him breastmilk in a cup or bottle? If so, is it freshly expressed, cold from fridge or warmed? Go according to what you are doing with the breastmilk. Example, if he is used to warm milk, do half and half bm and wm (whole milk) in a bottle or sippy whichever you use. Give it to him like nothing is different. If he refuses it, DO NOT give him all breastmilk. In other words, don't cave in. He knows what he's used to and he is going to fight you at first, but as long as you are consistent he will go with the flow, mainly cause he'll be hungry. My 3rd was just like this. I had to wean her at 12 mths cause my supply was really low and we found out I was pregnant and I was just wiped out and couldn't handle both with the morning sickness day and night and her still waking for feedings, and me being a zombie with the older 2. So, she basically had to get with the program. She never took a bottle so it was a sippy cup with half bm and wm for a few days and she fought us on it and was miserable by day 3 and we tried a 3/4 wm to 1/4 bm and she took it and by day 7 she was on wm 24/7. It's so hard to do it, but consistency is the key. He is fighting you cause what you are giving him is not what he is used to. If he doesn't like cow's milk maybe he'd prefer the sweeter taste of soy milk as my first 2 did. GOOD LUCK :) :)

Alea - posted on 02/17/2010

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When I switched my 15 month old to cows milk the only way I can get her to take it is from a bottle and it has to be warm. She will take everything from a sippy cup, but not milk.

Lisamarie81m - posted on 02/17/2010

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well you can try mixing the breast milk with whole milk and slowly take out the breast milk and add more whole milk untill its all whole milk. my kids milk consumption dropped a lot after I took their bottles away. I just made sure they ate yougurt and cheese, and now that they are older and in school they drink milk all the time.

Nicole - posted on 02/17/2010

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i know its not the best answer but have you tried Ovaltine? Its have a lot of vitamins in it and it is chocolate! it helped me with my son. it helped to get him to drink the milk but he still won't really drink plain milk so if you find anything better let me know! good luck!

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