how do i get my 13 month old to drink his milk?

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Stacey - posted on 12/12/2009

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Nicole, I personally never buy the drinkable yog just because it is so loaded with sugar so I don't know how that goes over.

Katie - posted on 12/09/2009

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I used to put small amounts of vanilla Pediasure mixed in with regular milk. I had a problem getting my daughter to drink plain as well. I gradually decreased the amounts of Pediasure until she no longer needed it. good luck!

Crystal - posted on 12/08/2009

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my daughter didnt want it either, we had to put it in her bottle and warm it, thats the only way she would drink it

Stacey - posted on 12/08/2009

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I just add a few drops of real vanilla extract to the milk. It makes it taste like dessert without adding any sugar, artificial color or artificial flavor...all of which can affect behavior. The other thing I do for a treat is to add a tiny scoop of juice concentrate. Old Orchard in the frozen juice concentrate area has great juice mixes. A little bit in the milk makes it irresistable and, again, nothing artificial.

Morgan - posted on 12/05/2009

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It's not really the dairy they need from the milk so much as it is the fat for brain development that is why the are supposed to drink whole milk instead of 2% or lower. But I would try flavoring it he might like it better. I have never had this problem both my girls love their milk. Did you just give it to him plain right away no mixing or did you slowly introduce it. What I did was slowly introduced it increasing the amount of milk till it was completely milk.

Jocelyn - posted on 12/05/2009

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My son just started drinking plain milk last month (and he's almost 3!) I tried everything, and the only thing that worked was mixing it with a little bit of chocolate milk (just enough for a bit of flavor) I also tried adding vanilla extract, cinnamon, and orange flavoring (not all at once lol). If he doesn't drink his milk it's not the end of the world, he can still get dairy from other things. We recently tried the strawberry nesquick and it's surprisingly good (but just a little)

Ashley - posted on 12/05/2009

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I tried adding a bit of chocolate/strawberry syrup to my daughters milk, but she would never take it. Surprisingly, what actually worked for her (on occasion) was putting some Cinnamon Toast Crunch in her sippy cup.

Brandi - posted on 12/05/2009

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My kids LOVE milk, but I used to babysit my nephews who do not. I found that a little dab of chocolate or strawberry syrup (just enough to color the milk, maybe a tsp or so) would give them enough incentive to drink it. Also FOOD COLORING worked well, too. Let him choose what color milk he wants and let him watch you mix it in. and show him how cool his milk looks when it's green or orange or whatever. My daughter thought it was the coolest thing last halloween when I colored her milk orange for the holiday.

Ashley - posted on 12/05/2009

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My daughter was breastfed and would not take formula. I had to go back to work when she was 11 months, so I had to ween her off the breast. I tried mixing breast milk and cows milk, but she kept rejecting it. Every so often I would re-introduce it to her and eventually she grew to like it. In the meantime, you can try to put something sweet in his milk. It's bad for his teeth, but a temporary solution. Either way, your son will grow to like or at least tolerate it...it just takes time.

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