K.H. asks from Littleton, CO on February 02, 2008
My Daughter Won't Wean to a Bottle of Formula!
Hi all! My daughter just turned one. About a month ago I began weaning her from breastfeeding (I need to be done!!) and she took right to a bottle or sippy cup with formula in it. Then she got very sick with a respiratory infection, and lost her appetite. She is completley better now, but refuses whole milk and formula completely! She literally spits out the milk, and usually throws a fit if we give her the formula. Since I had been weaning, I only have enough breastmilk for one feeding day, usually early in the morning. Her appetite for solid foods is fine, but I worry about her not getting liquids. Any suggestions?
So What Happened?™
Oh my gosh, thank you for all of the wonderful responses! It is comforting to know how many other kiddos have gone through this and turned out fine! I received a lot of great advice from different kinds of milk to smoothie recipes...all of which I plan to try. Thanks again!
C.M. answers from Phoenix on February 04, 2008
Hey K., I had a similar problem with my daughter when I weaned her at age one. I tried soy, goats, everything but she wouldn't take it also. I tried to get dairy into her with foods, but the doc still wanted the to get milk, so I tried adding some stawberry syrup to her milk to make it more appealing (not much, just a little hint of pink color). This worked and then I slowly took out the strawberry. Also, I found out that she did not want milk with her meals, just water. The milk she only drank between meals and still to this day (at 23 months) she only drinks her milk between meals and not with them. Good luck and keep trying!
L.M. answers from Reno on February 04, 2008
This same thing happened to my youngest. He absolutely would not drink milk so the doctor told us to give him apple juice. The juice worked just fine and provided vitamins as well as fluids.
A.S. answers from Las Vegas on February 04, 2008
J.W. answers from Denver on February 04, 2008
Hi K.. I have four kiddos, all breastfed for the first year, and none of them went to a bottle after weaning. My older two went straight to a sippy cup with water and occasionally juice and my youngest two (twins) have just recently transitioned from breast to cup. They will only drink milk if it's mixed with keifer or vanilla soy milk. They get 2 small, sippy cups a day. there is no real need for milk as long as they are getting yogurt, cheese, etc. Just make sure you keep offering the cup with water so that (he/she) stays nice and hydrated.
J.R. answers from Denver on February 04, 2008
If you are really worried about her getting liquids try a little water in the sippy cup or bottle.
I am also thinking that maybe the whole milk and formula might be too thick for her after a respitory infection. I know when I myself am feeling mucusy (is that even a word?) that the last thing I want to drink is milk. If she needs the calories try 2% or even 1%.
M.E. answers from Anchorage on February 04, 2008
Hi K. -
Try a mild tea made with oats. You can buy them at Whole Foods or Desert Sage Herbs. Boil the water first, remove from heat, add the oats - 1 tsp per cup of water - (and some lavender or chamomile for anxiety) and let steep for about 5 mins. Strain the herbs and allow to cool to the same temperature you would give her formula at. Oats are high in vitamins and have a nice mellow flavor, as does the lavender or chamomile. All are safe for children. Give her about 1/4 to 1/2 cup and you can drink the rest of it. You can also try rice milk. She may be telling you that she doesn't have a tollerance for lactose.
E.K. answers from Denver on February 03, 2008
My daughter wouldn't take milk or formula either. I weaned her from all but the nighttime nursing at around one. What we did was give her "smoothies". We mixed whole milk with a little v8-Fusion (1/2 veggie - 1/2 fruit juice). She LOVED them and I felt like she was getting some veggies, too ;) She is 2 1/2 now and will drink plain milk, but still loves a smoothie in the morning!
K.P. answers from Denver on February 04, 2008
All 3 of my kids declined milk/formula after being weaned. I used cheese and Yo Baby yogurt for their dairy/calcium needs. I wouldn't sweat it unless she refuses all dairy products...then I'd look into a possible dairy allergy. My kids are pictures of health (thank God) at 8,5,&2 y/o and still don't drink milk except a little on cereal. They all drink lots of water, I'd recommend skipping juices.. why teach her to drink sweets? Good luck.
J.M. answers from Pittsburgh on February 04, 2008
Try soy milk. My son got sick with the stomach flu last year and for three weeks or more after I still couldn't give him regular milk. He didn't want much of it but when he did end up drinking it he would throw up, so I assumed it bothered his stomach. The doctor said that after being sick whole milk is really hard to digest for a little one.
Be sure to try watered down juice in a sippy cup or even gatorade or propel to make sure she isn't getting dehydrated. Pedialyte is ok too but it is expensive unless you get the generic kind.
If she is refusing to drink because she just wants to nurse then try warming the milk and put it in a sippy cup. Try the nubby transition ones, I have heard many moms say that their BF baby will only take those. Also, try warming the milk (my son only took warm milk). When you try to feed her from the cup/bottle try laying with her with a pillow between the two of you.... so she gets the attention but with the barrier she doesn't think she will get to nurse. Good luck!
H.D. answers from Phoenix on February 04, 2008
Hi my name is H. I am a sahm of 3 and run a daycare while I am at home with my little one. You could try giving her soy milk. Some kids don't like the taste of milk but they do like soy. Also if you don't give her anything but milk or water to drink she will drink whatever you give her you just have to have the patience and will power to be stronger than her. She won't let herself get to thirsty. Hope this helps you out some. Good luck!
G.J. answers from Colorado Springs on February 04, 2008
Try goats milk instead of formula or whole milk. My kids all love it, and it's easier to digest. Good Luck!