K.T. asks from Broomfield, CO on December 21, 2007
Ideas on How to Wing Babies off the Breastmilk to Whole Milk
I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to get the babies from breast milk to whole milk. My 2 yr old is still eating breast milk, and refuses to drink whole milk of any kind. I've tried strawberry flavored, chocolate, and i've even tried warming the whole milk up to the breast milk temp, still he refuses. He knows the difference in taste, and as soon as he taste the whole milk he just spits it back out.
As for my 10 month old baby, he refuses the bottle and the only way to get him to take breast milk is from a straw out of a cup or out of a shot glass with a spoon. Even though he takes breast milk from these two different methods it still bothers me, because he would only suck up a little or sip a little from the straw or spoon. When is it best to change them over to whole milk anyways?
On top of all this i have a mother in law who lives with me, and she keeps advising me to breast feed my children until they want to quit themselves. I don't think that my babies are going to get enough calcium for their bones or nutrients if they are still on breast milk at the age of two.
I couldn't get my babies to go on the bottle, but i do want them to stop eating from me and start drinking whole milk from a cup or nuby. If anyone has any suggestions or advice please feel free to advise me of them.
K.D. answers from Denver on December 22, 2007
We did 10 oz. whole milk with 1 serving chocolate Carnation Instant Breakfast in a cup and then in an Avent flat nippled cup. It is high in fat, so if you don't want them to gain a lot of weight, you might try 2% for a while, but the baby does need some fat. Our son who liked this never did anything but nurse for 11 months straight. When he discovered this, he weaned in two days! Ouch!! GL
J.G. answers from Reno on December 22, 2007
Start blending a little whole milk into the bottle with the breat milk. As time goes on start move the ratio toward the whole milk spectrum with more whole milk and less breast milk. It will be a slow and smooth transition and will allow his tastebuds to get used to the new flavors. He will grow accustomed to the tiny changes and by the time it is mostly whole milk, he will be used to the taste.
I did the same thing with rice milk and regular milk. My little one is prone to ear infections and cows milk is the culprit. We did the switch and now he LOVES rice milk. (and not a single ear infection and NO TUBES OR SURGERY)
J.B. answers from Albuquerque on December 22, 2007
My mom had the same problem with my brother, he wouldn't take a bottle or whole milk-didn't matter the flavor. Her remidy was to add kayro syrup (light corn syrup) to the whole milk and this made it sweet like the breast milk and viola he took it! They (pediatricians) say not to give whole milk until 12 months, but my 2 kids took it at 10 months, and never had a problem. My youngest is now 5 weeks old so it will be a while before she's to that point.
For your two year old (now this wont work if you still nurse your 10 mo. old) you could do what my neigbor did when her son turned two-she put band-aids over her nipples and told him she had boo boos and he never asked again.
M.H. answers from Albuquerque on December 22, 2007
I would suggest mixing your breast milk with skim milk and then gradually move up to whole milk. The consistency is so much different between breast milk and whole milk...like water and cream. If it's gradual, they may take it eventually!! Good luck!
D.P. answers from Denver on December 25, 2007
Hi K. T,
Have you tried adding the smallest amount of whole milk to your breast milk, and once your children drink that, you up the whole milk? So maybe start out 90% breast milk, 10% whole milk for a week, then change it gradually to 80/20, 60/40 50/50 and so on.
R.P. answers from Denver on December 21, 2007
I was nursing my child and I slowly would mix breast milk and similac. Then slowly gave her other drinks and water. Then slowly started giving her whole milk. i started off with 2% milk at first because she was lactose intolerant. But i think she carries her father's genes on the milk thing because he doesn't drink milk often either. Now that she is 5 she barely drinks milk even if it is in cereal. I still make her drink it because she needs the Vitamin D for her bones. She complains but she end up drinking it but it is so often she eats cereal and milk together. Good Luck!
M.C. answers from Las Vegas on December 21, 2007
When I switched from formula to milk I did it gradually. The first week I used 75% formula and 25% milk. Then the next week I mixed it 50% formula and 50% milk. The third week I mixed 25% formula and 75% milk. And finally the fourth week I gave my son 100% milk. This gave him the opportunity to get used to the new taste gradually and I did not have any problems with the switch. Good luck.
M.F. answers from Reno on December 22, 2007
Cows milk is not always the best food for humans and your child may instinctively know this. Try Almond milk which is high in calcium and more digestible than cows milk. Almond milk is at Raleys in the healfood section.
Breast feed as long as you can stand it -- studies show it is the best for your child. If it drives you nuts stop. Same with going back to work if you can stay with your children with out loosing your mind stay if you would rather be at work go to work. Everyone is happier if mama is happy.