Warming up Milk

Updated on January 29, 2007
J.M. asks from West Chester, PA
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Hi, I was wondering if there are other moms out there that have to warm up the milk before their child will take it. My daughter is 1 year old and I give her whole milk but she will absolutely refuse to take it if it is not warmed. This is really inconvenient if we're out and she needs some milk. Does anyone else have this problem? Any suggestions to fix it?

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answers from Washington DC on

My son, Aidan, is now three and a half and I have just now got him off of the warm milk at nap time and bedtime. I have a twenty-one month old who still takes it warm though. :)
How I took it from Aidan was I would give him juice or water...true it was hard at first, but then one day I thought I would be nice and give him some warm milk and he spit it out!!! So cool! But now he has to have something so I kinda think I just made myself a new problem. :O
I'll probably just start offering him water, and if he doesn't like it tough. I am trying to keep him dry at night so that I can finally take the pull up off of him once and for all. So I think water would be my best bet 'cause he wont drink a whole cup of that.
Thanks for helping me talk through my problems. :D lol

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answers from Washington DC on

I used to get a small plastic pot, microwave the water in it and then put the bottle with milk in it for a minute or so. i did this until girls were 15 months. two bottles at the same time would cool off the water fast. i had to just bite the bullet and start giving them cold milk. didn't like at first accepted it after a few days
good luck



answers from Dover on

J....I wish I had some advice for you...but I don't! I just have to laugh. My daughter is almost 3 and still refuses to drink milk unless it's "worm."

I can, however, usually get her to drink it from a straw in a restaurant or from a regular cup SOMETIMES. Perhaps you can try that...

One thing that I tried (but it didn't work for me) was the sippy cups that change color when you ad a cold liquid. I think that Gerber makes them. I used to pour in the cold milk and it would change color. I thought that she'd like the new color and be upset when it went away. She didn't care. But, maybe it'll work for you! Good luck! Traci



answers from Dover on

My oldest did the same thing. Refused cold milk. We just warmed the milk a little less every few days. If we'd let it warm in a pan of water for 5 minutes one day, we'd go 4 1/2 minutes for the next couples days. Then down to 4 and so on. Eventually we got down to nothing and he got used to it gradually. It's a pain in the neck but worked for us.



answers from Harrisburg on

Hi J......I havent had to deal with this since about 6 months of age. My daughter always wanted her formula/soy milk COLD. I would suggest warming it under the water faucet and if you are out do the same in the bathroom. If you are tired of doing it then I would just offer it the way it is, and when she is thirsty, I am sure she will drink it no matter what temp it is.



answers from Washington DC on

My 1 yr old daughter is the exact same way and has been even with her formula. At home I go ahead and warm up the bottle but when we are out I give her the bottle cold. She has a tendacy to just let it roll down her face if it is to cold but if she is really thirsty you has learned to just drink it. I know she doesn't like it and it took a while before you would just drink it but we are now getting to the point that she will.

Will she drink juice cold?? Mine will so I knew she would drink the milk eventually.

Good Luck



answers from Philadelphia on

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answers from Washington DC on

I actually took my son off of milk around 1. He would get bad yeast infections from the sugars in it. I would give him Cod liver oil cap (DHA Junior is what it's called) and that helps him absorb calcium from the other foods he eats. I don't know if that will solve your issue, but a 1 year old doesn't "have to have" milk and still be strong, gain weight, and be healthy.



answers from Washington DC on

We would always run the bottle under hot water for a minute or so which worked when we were out because usually when you are out there is a bathroom somewhere. If we were at home we would do that or put the bottle in a cup of hot water and let it sit for a few minutes if we were being lazy and didn't want to stand and run it under the sink.



answers from Pittsburgh on

Hi, I was wondering if you ever check for Dentistries that are only for kids 1 to 21 in age? I am a Mother of 2 and have been taking my kids to the dentist now since my Son turned 1. Your daughter may only want Warm Milk because of sensitivity to her teeth & Gums. Cold Milk might be making her teeth feel funny and may find the warm Milk soothing. I would locate a Dentist for Her to have her teeth checked. I had my Daughter's teeth checked when She had turned 2 when I noticed that everytime I would go to brush her top teeth, She would start to fuss. After taking Her to the Dentist I found out that 2 of Her top teeth were starting to decay. Hope Our Testimony helps YOU! Your Friend, A.

Also, for the time being You might want to invest in a BOTTLE WARMER that you plug in the car for when You guys are traveling, I have a Portable Bottle Warmer if You May want it, I may have only used it a couple times.



answers from York on


My 11 month old son is the same way. My most interesting experience was trying to ask for a bowl of hot water at a Mexican restaurant where the wait staff didn't speak English very well:-) In all I was offered 2 bottles of water and 1 cup of ice water before an older women understood what I meant by showing her the bottle. THe things we go through as moms!!! I have found that my son will take the bottle luke warm when he is really hungry, but usually not drink all of it. At least he is getting some and not starving. Sorry that I don't have any suggestions to change the situation. One day they will outgrow it and we will just smile as we remember all that we have gone through.

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