How do I get her to like cow's milk?

Genevieve - posted on 08/05/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My 15 mo. old girl doesn't like cow's milk. I don't wanna keep buying toddler formula 'coz it's much more expensive. I tried giving it to her in a bottle and a cup but she only takes one sip. Her pediatrician says she need 16 oz/day of dairy. She likes yogurt and cheese but I want her to like cow's milk too for variety. What do I do?

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Sally - posted on 10/18/2012

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H i all just read everybodys comments my son has no problems having milk in cereal but when i go to give him milk in a cuo he just does not want it.I really dont want to mix it with anything sweet .thanks

Ashley - posted on 08/16/2009

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My son was the same way. I started making him chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla milk with the quick mixes he loved it. They think its some thing special and u know they are getting whtthey need. He now likes milk and drinks it every day with out the mixes.

Mikila - posted on 08/16/2009

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now, i dnt really like this idea, but it worked for my best friends daughter..........put jus a taste of strawberry syrup in the milk and heat it up 2 bout lukewarm and shake it up......now my niece wont drink milk plain n3 more, but she will guzzle sum strawberry milk...

Lisa Marie - posted on 08/16/2009

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Please consider the fact that a lot of people are allergic to cow's milk (mainly b/c its pasteurized) so children will refuse it b/c they know intuitively that they cannot properly metabolize it. Adding flavour just gives them a sweet tooth way too early.

Please think before you force a food on your child...they are often smarter than we give them credit for!

And milk is NOT a great srouce of calcium and protein etc. like we're always told b/c it's WAY over-processed.

Try goat's milk (raw is best if legal where you live), unsweetened rice milk,



And calcium can be found in many other things, and in high quantities too, like broccoli and other leafy greens, nuts and seeds (which can be soaked and pureed for younger ones) . The calcium in milk is a poor-quality, fortified (and therefore poorly absorbed) version.

Thanks for listening to my rant. I hope i didn't offend anyone, I juse get passionate about the state of our food quality and our children need the absolute best start these days.

Did you know that many experts are saying now that this new generation may actually not outlive its parents!!?? Food quality is a HUGE factor in this.



Please rethink your food choices and talk to a HOLISTIC Nutritionist, Naturopath, or other food specialist who doesn't have an interest in some food corp., who truly understands food - not government agencies, diabetic/heart/lung etc. associations, dieticians (in general), and certainly NOT doctors (in general).





Thank you :)) and may you and your family be well-nourished!

Gayle - posted on 08/10/2009

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All of my kids also had hard time with cow's milk. How I got them to drink cow milk is by warming it up.

Chris - posted on 08/10/2009

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Put a little bit of chocolate in it. It gives extra flavor. My daughter drinks milk all the time now.

Genevieve - posted on 08/10/2009

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I'm not really worried abt her calcium intake. She eats plenty and drinks milk too. It's just that she only likes milk formula for toddler. I just wanted to change it to cow's milk instead.

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If the mixing and gradually reducing the formula from regular milk doesn't work I would not buy chocolate milk, they make that stuff sooo sweet! If you are going to try choc. milk then I would buy the syrup & add it to the milk, this way you can regulate the amount of chocolate in it & not have to buy the super expensive choc. milk. My son does not drink milk and he is 3. He is perfectly healthy, all be it a little petite :) We make sure he has plenty of yogurt, cheese, cantelope, etc. (food items w/lots of calcium) If you are curious what items have calcium I'm sure you can do a google search and find something online. There are MANY other options other then milk! Plus he gets milk through his breakfast cereal, I also add milk to pancakes/waffles, he loves chai tea & I add milk to this (do the same w/hot chocolate). We buy juice w/calcium added & he takes a multivitamin. I never worry about his "lack" of milk.

Cynthia - posted on 08/06/2009

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I had the same problem with my son. I breastfed him, and when he was weaned , would have nothing t do with milk! I worried and fought with it for a while! I had hear horror stories about kids that didn't have proper milk intake, that terrified me. Finally I talked to my son's pediatrician, and he told me not to worry, that it is very common for children to react like this. He said the basic reason for giving milk is because of the calcium needed for growing strong bones, but he said could either give him juice wit calcium added, vitamins with calium or any other calcium supplement. He said not to push the milk or it may turn the child against it completely. He also said I could try adding just a little syrup and trying it just every now and then . It worked and my son became a big milk drinker by 18 months!

Heather - posted on 08/06/2009

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Hello, I have a solution that might help. Although i'm not a doctor, I've been told that putting chocolate syrup or strawberry, or banana, will help them to like milk. Although chocolate isn't very healthy, the milk out weighs the chocolate. She may not like the taste of milk, I know my daughter doesn't (she's 15 months too). This is how I get her to drink milk. As long as she's getting milk there's no harm. I talked to her doctor and asked her the same thing, and she said that would work. She said not to worry too much about the chocolate because a little chocolate never hurt anyone.

Jessica - posted on 08/05/2009

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My youngest daughter would not take straight cows milk until she was almost 18 months old, my pediatrician told me that it was a texture thing. He also said to do the half and half thing and every so often offer her regular milk. Also with my oldest daughter she did not like the taste of regular milk and I tried giving her chocolate milk, and that is still the only way she will drink milk (just enough to flavor it). My pediatrician told me that the extra calories were alright for her just not to let her have mor than 2 sippies of it a day, so that is what we do

Genevieve - posted on 08/05/2009

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Thanks guys! I think I'll try the 1/2 ans 1/2. Hope it works for my daughter.

Krista - posted on 08/05/2009

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Well, as all the other moms said, add it to her formula and gradually increase the amount. Luckily, I didn't have this problem as my son enjoyed it from the get go. I don't think introducing chocolate milk is a good idea, but a doctor said it so it must be ok. My only thought is that they won't grow accustomed to liking it WITHOUT the chocolate. I have yet to give my son chocolate milk and he'll be 2 shortly.

Gretchen - posted on 08/05/2009

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the only reason for dairy is to get your calcium intake.. . if she eats enough foods that are rich in calcium then she is fine. . .my daughter doesn't like cows milk either because she thinks "milk from a cows breast is gross" so i don't make her drink it, i just make sure she is getting enough calcium in other ways. . .i have tried almond milk but she doesn't like that, and we don't really care for "organic" and soy milk has hormones in it. . .so see if your doc agrees with the calcium in other foods. .

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Hi, Try adding a little bit of cows milk to your daughters formula gradually add more because they do need time to adjust to it, it took me about 2 weeks, I wouldn't put in any sweeteners such as milo I did this once and found my little man would not drink it plain and protested for it, hope this helps :) Kylie

Lakisha - posted on 08/05/2009

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Yeah that works. My son didn't like cows milk either at first but I did 3/4 than 1/2 than I just switched it. Some kids just don't like milk. my daughter refused too after the formula and her docter told me the same thing (16). my doctor told me to do cheese and yogurt and she also told me to try strawberry and chocolate milk. but the 1/2 formula and 1/2 cows milk should work.

Kylie - posted on 08/05/2009

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Hi Genevieve, Have you tried to mix half formula and half cows milk in her bottle to gradually introduce your lil girl to it. It may help to try her with a milo also to some what disguise that its all cows milk just for some extra flavour. Kylie

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