Getting my 2yr old to drink milk.

Tennille - posted on 06/04/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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How do I get my 2yr old to drink milk? I feel its a battle with him to drink it out of a cup. I tried to put it in a cup with a straw and he STILL won't- so PLEASE tell me what should I try next?

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Juliet - posted on 06/05/2010

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he no longer needs milk so give up the battle. Let him drink water instead and supplement his dairy intake with cheese or yoghurt whichever he likes once a day. If he doesnt like dairy at all, which is quite possible, dont stress! Put him on a good multivite with calcium in it - he will be fine! My baby gave up milk by herself at 8 months old and is perfectly healthy.

Christine - posted on 06/04/2010

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Is his issue actually drinking milk?? or is it him not wanting to drink it out of the cup??

Well couple things.. but toddlers often have dramatic eating habits.. they go from night to day liking one food and not wanting it the next.. it's crazy.. I am the first to say so.

Best thing is to be flexible.. and be creative.

If he doesn't want to drink milk.. then subsitute his need for dairy and calcium by incorporating other dairy foods into his meals.. like yogurt, or cheese, or an occasional treat.. ice cream.

And of course still offer him milk.. because he could change his mind tomorrow and decide to drink milk again.

You could also try flavoring his milk with chocolate mix.. it's not great.. but if you can get him drinking chocolate milk .. at least he's drinking milk and over time.. you can reduce the amount of chocolate in the milk. For example.. the Quick Chocolate powder .. start him with 2 spoonfuls in his milk.. and get him hooked.. and then reduce it to 1 1/2 spoonfuls the next week.. and the week after to 1 spoonful.. and see where he's at at that point..

I have a friend who gives her son a carnation chocolate drink milk which suppose to have vitamins and such in it.. haven't needed anything like that.. but even that would be a good option to get him back into drinking milk.

But in the meantime.. the bigger deal you make of it.. the more difficult he may become in drinking the milk. Kids don't respond well to a parent saying .. "you have to drink your milk, or eat your broccoli etc.".. sometimes you just need to put the food there.. and if they eat or drink it.. then great.. if not .. then you get creative.. but don't make a big deal of it.

And he will change.. he's 2.. eating habits flux so much at that age.. be patient and just go with the flow. =0)

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