Won't drink milk from cup or bottle
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Does anyone have advice for a 14 month old who won't drink milk from
a cup or a bottle? He still breastfeeds a few times a day. I've tried
whole milk, soy milk (different brands and flavors) and he doesn't seem
to like any of them. (I should add too that he never was a breast milk
drinker from a bottle or cup.) He does eat quite a bit of yogurt but I'd
like to get him in the habit of drinking some milk. Is there some tasty
flavor I could add? Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks!
I just want to clarify that he will happily
everything but milk from a cup or a bottle. It's only milk that he
doesn't like. Any suggestions appreciated!
I could have written this letter! My 14 month old does not drink milk in
any form either (only breastmilk). He also doesn't drink juice, but will
drink two to three cups of water a day. I spoke with my pediatrician about
and she said as long as he gets breastmilk he will be fine. She said that
yogurt and cheese (cottage cheese, firm, etc.) helps. Basically, the
to milk are that is a cheap source of protein and calcium. Well, she
pointed out, he could get his calcium from fortified orange juice (I think
it's fortified with the same ratio of calcium as cow's milk?). She also
pointed out that it is possible to fulfill his protein needs in other ways,
like meat, beans, eggs, or tofu. I guess you just have to be creative. My
no longer takes breastmilk from a bottle during the day while he's with his
nanny, but he usually gets plenty of cheese and yogurt.
I have tried plain, carob, and vanilla soy and rice milk and regular
cow's milk to no avail. I plan on trying again later on. I do make his
with fortified rice milk (since that's what we drink), so he gets some
nutritional benefits that way. I know some people give chocolate milk to
their toddlers (!) to get them to transition to cow's milk but that is
not something I want to do.
There are studies that show that the nutritional benefits from
breastmilk get more concentrated as the baby gets older and nurses less
often. I don't know how exactly, but you can probably find out at
www.lalecheleague.org. Good luck.
You toddler very likely doesn't really need milk. You make want
to read about milk consumption for this age -- as far as I understand
babies this age don't need more than 16 oz of dairy per day, which
would include yogurt, cottage cheese, other cheeses, and any foods
which use any of the above. If he's eating well he's probably
getting all the nutrition he needs. If he's breastfeeding a
couple of times a day in addition, he may be getting all he needs.
However, if you're really wanting him to have milk, you may try
an herbal tea mixed with some water and milk -- I know one baby
who loves drinking this mixture.
My daughter also drank almost no milk at that age. She would drink
juice and water from a cup. I tried milk in both bottles and cups, but she
really was not interested, so I put the bottles away (This is great now,
since I'm not struggling to wean her from bottles at 18-24 months like many
my friends.) She was still nursing 1-2 times a day, and we continued to
offer milk at meals. I completely weaned her at 15 months, and within days
she was drinking 8-16 ounces of milk per day. She was apparently getting
enough milk when breastfeeding, but when that source was gone she replaced
with whole milk. So I guess my advice is not to worry about milk
consumption while you are still breastfeeding. I would provide plenty of
opportunities to drink milk and other liquids from a cup so he knows how to
use it (you did not say whether he drinks anything else). I would hesitate
to add anything to the milk, or you may never get your son to drink plain
I had this same experience with my son and short of putting all sorts
of flavorings and sugar in it there was not way to get him to drink milk
(and that didn't even work most of the time). I decided to give up and
on his pediatrician's recommendation give him Organge juice with
Calcium - he's nine now, still won't touch milk except to get his rare
bowl of cereal wet, he does eat yogurt and sometimes cheese. I'm convinced
milk is just not for him and his body knows it so I don't push it.
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