Any ideas on how to get my son whos 14 mths old to drink cows milk?

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Jana - posted on 12/26/2008

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I had to start by doing the mixing of breastmilk and cow's milk. But at the rate I was going it would have taken forever for her to get to just cows milk. So I switched to skim milk for 2 weeks, then 2% for 2 weeks then onto whole milk. This worked well for my little one. However, once she was on whole milk we discovered that she is lactose intorelent and she is now drinking lactose free whole milk. I have no idea if there is a connection to her not wanting to drink milk because she didn't want cow's milk, or if she didn't want to drink milk because it made her belly hurt. Good luck, stick with it and something will work.

Wendy - posted on 12/26/2008

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What is wrong with Tang?? My girls would not drink milk AT ALL, and they got to a point where they would not drink the formula either so mixing it with that was pointless. It is the taste that was the problem, and I would much rather mix milk with something like Tang which also has calcium, vitamins and 1/2 the sugar of regular juices. Other threads have suggested using flavored syrups which have no nutritional value what-so-ever. You can also slowly change the ratio of tang and milk and have the same end result.

Patti - posted on 12/26/2008

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I have to respond to the Tang idea. WHAT! Wendy, why bother giving them milk in the first place? Tang? Really?

What is the child drinking now? Jenny's idea is a very good one. Sensible. We also gave the kids skim milk to start when they didnt like whole milk. You could also try Rice milk, also very nutricious and easier on the stomach, sweeter also.

Wendy - posted on 12/26/2008

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Nothing worked until I mixed it with Tang orange drink. I mix up one quart of Tang per the instructions on the container of powder mix, and store it in the fridge. Then I mix half Tang and half milk in a sippy cup. My twin girls LOVE it. It tastes like an orange cremesicle. I tried all the other flavored syrups and nothing worked until I tried this. You can find the Tang powder at the grocery store where they have kool aid and crystal light mixes. It is also packed with vitamins. Hope this helps:)

Jenny - posted on 12/26/2008

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What is he drinking now? Whether it is formula or breast milk, you can mix it with cows milk and slowly change the ratios. For example, I would mix 6 oz. of breast milk with 2 oz. of whole milk in a cup. He would get that for 1 week. Then the next week I gave 4 oz. breast milk and 4 oz. whole milk, and so on until it was only whole milk. He never noticed a difference.

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