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Encouraging 12 month old to drink milk

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freyski Sun 19-Jul-09 16:51:02

My 12 month old is breast fed. Since I started weaning at 6 months she has been steadily dropping milk feeds. For the last 6 weeks she has only been feeding morning and evening. I have been trying to introduce cows milk in a cup but with no luck. She will pick up the cup and drink but then spit out the milk. I have tried both cold and hot milk. She is fine with milk on her cereal. She is now showing less interest in her evening feed so I really want her to start drinking some extra milk before she fully weans. Any advice.

tallbirduk Sun 19-Jul-09 17:02:48

None from me but I am interested to see if anyone has any. I stopped bf my 1 year old last week and have been trying to get him to drink cow's milk since - mixed success.

I measure out 200ml in the morning and he usually drinks about half, the rest goes on his weetabix, I have then been offering him milk to drink with meals and before bed - sometimes he has some, sometimes he doesn't!

I have tried a variety of cups and warming it / serving it cold - it seems to make little difference.

Saying that though, he's not big on drinking anything, which is another worry!

brettgirl2 Sun 19-Jul-09 17:25:54

This isn't practical in terms of help but mum says I absolutely refused milk when I reached 1. I haven't drunk it since.

shonaspurtle Sun 19-Jul-09 17:31:13

Ds has never been interested in milk as a drink if it wasn't from breast/bottle.

I reckon if he's getting the calcium/calories from another source such as yoghurt/cheese etc then it doesn't really matter.

freyski Sun 19-Jul-09 19:57:15

Is there a guideline for how much milk a one year old should have? DD eats yoghurts/cheese etc. I have tried EBM to see if its the cows milk but she will not have this out of a cup either.

shonaspurtle Sun 19-Jul-09 20:04:59

This article from the American Academy of Pediatrics is interesting (tho' lengthy) re: calcium requirements in children. Table 2 has a short list of foods and their calcium content which shows that cheese & yoghurt do compare favourably to plain milk.

freyski Sun 19-Jul-09 20:13:31

Shona- thanks for the link. I had never considered before that non-dairy foods also contained calcium! DD also eats white beans, broccoli, oranges and Sweet potatoes.

PeppermintPatty Sun 19-Jul-09 20:40:51

My DD same as shona's DS. She hasn't drunk a drop of milk since 11 months old when I stopped BFing her. I tried everything and she just refused to drink it.

She eats cheese, milk on her cereal, vegetables such as brocolli, and I give her yoghurt every day (I make sure I buy good quality yoghurt which is sugar free/low sugar even if it is more expensive).

She is 2 now and totally fine.

I would keep offering the milk as you are doing, she may eventually get used to it. But if not I wouldn't worry too much as long as she's getting a good diet. If you are worried you can always go to your GP and ask about vitamin supplements.

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