M.B. asks from Gilbert, AZ on June 23, 2007
My Son Doesn't Want to Drink His Milk Anymore
My son is 16 months old and he drinks from a sippy during the day and a bottle in between. He is starting not want to drink his milk. The only time he wants it is when he goes to bed. Is this because he doesn't want the bottle or what? I know he needs to get weened off but, he wont even drink milk from a sippy. Is this ok that he doesn't drink that much milk? He rather drink crystal light. Please give me advice.
A.B. answers from Phoenix on June 24, 2007
Don't stress about the milk. Do you know that the United States has the most cases of osteoperosis and we are the ones that drink the most milk? He can get calcium in other ways, yogurt, cheese, and vegetables. Also that crystal light for him is no good. I am not sure if they use splenda (which is processed chlorine) or nutrasweet which is also not a very good thing. He needs to be drinking water. No chocolate or strawberry milk, that is added sugar which will later cause diabetes, weight gain, hyperactivity and cavities. You could also try rice milk. I have some really great information on nutrition for kids. If you would like it I can email it to you. Take care.
P.T. answers from Phoenix on June 26, 2007
As others have said. their are many other sources of calcium available, but keep trying the milk. Even if you are just offering him a sip from mommies cup. Now is a good time to stop the bottle. As you know, it is bad for his teeth and giving him something to drink at bedtime is going to make it harder to potty train him later, because you will have to break that habit first.
Try taking him shopping for some cool new cups to drink his milk in also. Maybe some "big boy" cups with out lids (given only at the table and with a sip or two at a time in them). Disney store at Arrowhead has some of their cups on sale now.
D.W. answers from Phoenix on June 24, 2007
Our daughter (22 M) is not a big fan of milk either. Her pediatrician suggested alternatives like soymilk, fortified OJ, chocolate syrup for flavor etc. She is so-so with the OJ, but all the others failed. She drinks some more now that I gave up on the whole milk and giver her 2% and in a cup with a straw. Between the two, she is drinking more, but still not the recommended amount.
I try not to make it a big deal in front of her. Sometime I try a game where we "toast" each other with milk, that helps.
We also offer a lot of yoghurt (whole) and cheese, those she loves.
Other than that, since she is doing fine I try not to worry about it too much. We can not put a funnel to them to make them drink their milk, so all we can do is try : )
D. answers from Phoenix on June 23, 2007
My daughter is 19 mo and she is doing the same thing with not wanting to drink milk. She'll drink it if it is choclate or strawberry flavored, though. I'm not too worried about it because she gets a multi-vitamin every day so I know she's getting the nutrition somehow.
J.B. answers from Albuquerque on June 24, 2007
Ovaltine! it's healthy and has added vitamins, that's how we get our kids to drink their milk, and honestly the only way I'll drink it. I just got my dd off the bottle, she's 15 mo. and my mom said to let her have it till she was 18 mo and then wean her, but she wanted chocolate milk like her brother in a sippy. He needs his milk, with the ovaltine my kids drink 3-4 glasses a day, they'd rather drink more, but that's an aweful lot of milk; they're sippy cups are 10 oz.
M.P. answers from Phoenix on June 24, 2007
I had the sam thing happen with my son and so I just started adding a small amount of Nestle quick strawberry to his milk. I would put enough just to tint it pink and he seemed to like it the transition went alot smoother to the sippy cup.