my 13 month old wont drink cows milk! ive tried mixing it with formula but all he wants is formula!!

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Rhonda - posted on 02/22/2009

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Our baby was 14 months before he would even let us think of giving up formula. We then basically did like Emma did and would make 5 oz of formula for him then add 1 oz of milk, then gradually worked our way back until he was totally off the formula but he will not touch it if not warmed up. He will eat some cereal with cold milk, and loves yogurt, and ice cream, so not sure why he wants his milk warmed but whatever does the trick.

Tracie - posted on 01/23/2009

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my 13month old son wouldnt drink cows milk either although he is not lactose intolerant. i tried soy milk and he took to it straight away and wont drink anything else. he still eats yoghurt so he still gets dairy plus all the vitamins that he gets from the soy....(whatever they are....i think B group vitamins...i'll have to go look that up!)

Emma - posted on 01/23/2009

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say your toddler is on 9oz of formula, try doing 8 oz from now on and add 1 0z of cows milk. try that for a week so or and if he gets on with that try adding another oz of cows milk and gradually add more cows milk. if he gets on well with this then.. mission accomplished! i done this with my 2nd child and by the 3rd week of been on 3oz of cows milk she was sleeping through the night. gooooood luck

Anna - posted on 01/22/2009

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thanks guys,in answer to some questions-i warm milk up,he wont touch any milk cold even have to warm it up on cereal! ive tried mixing it with formula,that went ok but when took formula away,he wouldnt drink it!! guess i gonna have to stick with formula for a bit,he cant make it through nite without milk so i need him to drink it!!!!

Jana - posted on 01/22/2009

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My daughter was the same way.  I tried mixing breast milk with cows milk but nothing worked.  What finally worked with her was putting skim milk in her sippy cup then over the course of a month working up to whole milk.  PLus we found out she was lactose intolerant so I don't know if that turned her off at first.  But now at 17 months she loves to drink lactose free milk.  Good luck.

Cheryl - posted on 01/22/2009

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hi, I was sugested to use a infent blend of probiotics. It is meant for adding to bottles and it helps there little tummies to digest. but it makes the milk a sweeter taste! You can get it at a health food store. Some people will tell you to use aults caps and just use less but the strengths and formula are very different. I gave it for a few days and he had no problem adjusting to just homo milk. Any if my little one is having a rough day i still give him a little it does the trick for constipation and gas (among others).

Good Luck

Colleen - posted on 01/22/2009

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I used a couple of tricks.  Since Milk is not as sweet as formula I put a liitle strawberry or chocolate syrup in it.  Just a little to give it some sweetness.  I also cut it with some water.  Good Luck

Chelsea - posted on 01/22/2009

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my boy wouldn't drink milk either. he was lactose sensitive so i was using a lactose free milk, but it tastes exactly like regular milk. after trying a bunch of things, i found that adding a rice milk or soy milk to the lactose free milk made it a little bit sweeter like the formula smells. but be careful of soy products. some children are allergic. hope this helps. and good luck.

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You didn't mention what the temperature of the milk you tried to give your toddler. When I first tried giving milk to my daughter I tried to warm it up so that it was more like the breast milk she was used to, but she refused it. My pediatrician suggested giving it to her straight from the fridge and she loved it! I don't know if this will help, but good luck to you.

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