She hates milk!

So there you have it. Last Friday I mentioned starting my daughter on cow’s milk and let’s just say it’s not going well. She turns her head and 33348837_thbpushes the cup away every time we offer it to her. My husband has a knack for tricking her into taking a few sips, but she makes the most awful grimace and then lets it dribble down her chin. We’ll continue to encourage her and offer lots of praise though. She’ll get used to it at some point, right? If you have any advice on weaning or making this transition easier I’d love to hear from you.

As you already know a baby should turn one before they start cow’s milk, but do you know why? Well, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, younger babies simply can’t digest cow’s milk as easily as they digest breast milk or formula. Cow’s milk contains a lot of protein and minerals, which can put a lot of stress on a newborn’s kidneys. Also, cow’s milk lacks the proper amounts of fat, iron, vitamin C, and other nutrients that growing babies need.

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8 Responses to “She hates milk!”

  1. jill Says:

    She’ll get used to it. Just offer in rotation and soon she’ll drink it up. We had the same issue, although we started out offering 2% because that’s what we had, and when she showed actual interest, we bought a small container of ‘red’, which is whole with vitamin D, versus ‘blue’ which is 2% around here, and now we get a gallon of each. We are only offering 2-3 cups of cow’s milk because at 15 months she’s still nursing 2 x a day. After 12 months they don’t need quite as much milk! But rest assured, unless your baby has a real intolerance, she’ll get used to it. We didn’t offer juice until after milk, and she spit that out too. Then we watered it down some and she took to that more, as well. You might consider formula/breast milk pumped out combined with cow’s milk for a couple of days, increasing cows milk until you’ve got a pure cow’s milk cup, as well.

  2. Lorraine Says:

    I always hated milk. I had that kind of childhood in which you had to sit at the table until you finished your milk, and I NEVER finished it – I would wait until my mom had to go out of earshot and rush to pour my milk down the drain. To this day there is NO WAY I would drink a glass of milk. In coffee, yeah. In cereal, okay. But never by itself.

    So, I sympathise with your daughter. I hope you can find a way to make it enjoyable for her – mixed with breast milk or rice milk or even mixed into food. There was a time when my daughter would eat anything with a bechamel sauce on it – I literally whipped up a bechamel three times a day! Which is A LOT of milk!

    Anyway, my point is that calcium is necessary, but drinking a cup of milk isn’t – keep experimenting and you’ll find something that works!

  3. Jen Says:

    I’m not a mom (yet- @16 weeks along), so I don’t know if your daughter can have it (i can’t remember how old she is), but maybe try chocolate milk? then slowly minimizing the amount of chocolate, so she’ll get used to the milk taste.

  4. Fiery Says:

    Honestly she doesn’t even need any milk. As long as she is getting the correct amount of dairy and calcium from other sources ( cheese, yogurt, ice cream, spinach, and others) she will be just fine. Milk actually is not the best option for calcium anyways. Beyond that she really only needs 2 cups (16oz) of dairy a day. In the long run you are much better off having her drink just water and making sure she meets her other nutritional needs with solid foods.

    My DD rarely drinks milk, she much prefers to drink water. She even completely refused milk until sometimes after 18mos. We just make sure she gets her nutrition from other sources.

    I also find it funny that humans are the only ones whom drink another animals breastmilk.

  5. JG Says:

    Did you try mixing it with the formula/breastmilk? Start day 1 with 90% formula/breastmilk and 10% cows milk. Do this for a day or two until she seems fine with it. Then go to 75% formula/breastmilk and 25% cows milk for another day or two. Slowly increase the ratio of cows milk to breastmilk until you are 100% on cows milk. It will be easier on her stomach and won’t be such an adjustment.

  6. Toni Hill Says:

    Some babies don’t drink it until they are closer to two if they are breastfed. I never even offered it until my babies weaned and then they only had soy for a while after the freezer stock was depleted. My oldest daughter won’t touch cow’s milk and she will be thirteen tomorrow. We just make sure she gets it from other food sources.

  7. Anne Says:

    You guys are the best! Thanks for the reassurance and suggestions. I was really concerned about this, but now I feel much better. She loves cheese and yogurt, so that’s a plus. Thanks again!!!!!!

  8. Anne Says:

    Hannah is only 1, so no chocolate for her just yet. The combination of sugar and caffeine probably aren’t ideal at this point, but thanks for your comment Jen! Best of luck with your pregnancy. Hope you’re feeling well and stop by NMN anytime!!!
    PS – My Dad had the same recommendation about chocolate milk. He’s all about spoiling the grandkids, so I’ll have to keep my eye on him next time he comes for a visit ; )