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My 9 Month 1/2 Month Old Wont Drink or Have His Milk.... HELP!

My son is now 9 1/2 months old. We started weaning him at 18 weeks and since then we had always offered him a drink with food but he never really took to it. We have tried giving him juice aswell but he has refused it too. we have tried and tested every cup out there and he hates all of them. About a month ago he stopped taking his morning bottle, so we mixed it with his cereal. after a couple of days he started to refuse the cereal and will now only have it with cows milk. Now he has stopped taking his afternoon and bedtime bottle... along with not drinking. im really worried he is going to dehydrate. he completly refuses the sippy bottle, and last week bought a straw cup, which he did drink from for a day... but now has stopped completely. we give him yogurts and cheese to compensate for no milk but dont know what to do about him not drinking. any suggestions would be really appreciated....

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If he doesn't drink breastmilk then he needs to have formula until he's at least a year old.
Most doctors recommend NOT giving cows milk until they are a year old anyway.
Bottom line, he needs the formula for the nutrients. If he's hungry then don't give him solid food until he drinks his bottle because babies dehydrate at a much quicker rate than we do.
Good luck

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Hi Leslie,

Infants should be on formula until they are a year old. Cows milk after that. I would try and go back to the formula and see if he likes that better. Have you tried just plain water? Hope this helps a little.

Good luck!

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You 9 1/2 month old has no business drinking cow's milk! Breastmilk or formula should be baby's primary nutrition for the first year. Cow's milk does not have the proper nutrition for an infant under 1.

This is direct from the National Institute of Health's website:

**Infants fed whole cow's milk don't get enough vitamin E, iron, and essential fatty acids. They also get too much protein, sodium, and potassium. These levels may be too high for the infant's system to handle. Also, whole cow's milk protein and fat are more difficult for an infant to digest and absorb.**

Am I getting this picture correctly that your child is taking no liquids by mouth at this point? If this is the case you need to make an appointment with his doctor immediately. There could be some underlying GI cause for his refusal.

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I'm not sure what to suggest for getting him to drink more, but your 9 1/2 month old should not be drinking cow's milk. Not until he turns one. He should be drinking formula or breastmilk. Regular milk does not have all the nutrition he needs right now.

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If he doesn't drink breastmilk then he needs to have formula until he's at least a year old.
Most doctors recommend NOT giving cows milk until they are a year old anyway.
Bottom line, he needs the formula for the nutrients. If he's hungry then don't give him solid food until he drinks his bottle because babies dehydrate at a much quicker rate than we do.
Good luck

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Talk to your pediatrician. It is recommended that children under 1yo NOT have cow's milk and if they are not breastfeeding, stay on formula. If he's not taking it, then see your Dr.

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decrease the food and increase the formula feedings. A baby doesn't really need food until he is one. But a baby does need the nutrients from breast milk or formula. Give bottle first then food an hour later. It could also be the temperature. My son only drank his formula at room temperature on the cool side in a playtex lined bottle with a fast flow nipple. He had a morning and nightime bottle of formula until he was two, then we used sippy cups full time and switched to whole milk. It took about two weeks to wean him from breast milk to bottles.

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Hi Leslie,

Infants should be on formula until they are a year old. Cows milk after that. I would try and go back to the formula and see if he likes that better. Have you tried just plain water? Hope this helps a little.

Good luck!

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He is a baby... not a toddler. So he has to feed and eat like a baby.
No milk until after 1 year old. And WHOLE milk... because the milk fats in it is crucial for brain development.

He seems to not drink from any cups... so you either give him a bottle (out of pure necessity so that he DOES get adequate intake and nutrition), or you just keep trying cups but in the meanwhile he can get dehydrated and not get enough intake.

At this age, for the 1st year of life, a baby's PRIMARY source of nutrition is from breastmilk/Formula. NOT solids and NOT other liquids. This is per our Pediatrician. And to feed on-demand 24/7.

He is not ready for cups. He does not have to drink from cups... and not at this age. Its normal.

Giving him a drink with his "meals".. is not working either. He is only a baby. Not a grown up. He should be having feedings (of Formula) on demand, NOT only with food.
Feed him FORMULA.. not milk. And feed him before any solids... otherwise he will be too full, to drink his formula. Formula is more important at this stage... than eating his "meal" of solids.
Keep in mind, that this is the building-block time... when a baby needs to get all the nourishment they can from breastmilk or Formula... for proper brain development and physical development.

Or is he teething? Some babies reject drinking, when they are teething.
A baby at this age does NOT need juice.

A baby, this age, should be drinking Formula... since you have breast weaned him. Not milk.
And, if only giving him milk, he will not be getting enough iron. Which can lead to iron deficiency... ie: anemia.

Watch for dehydration...

All the best,
Susan

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Keep trying different sippy cups...My grandchildren like the nuby sippy cups

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