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My daughter is refusing the bottle with cow's milk

My daughter turned 1 recently. She was drinking formula great for us, but since we made the transition to cow's milk she is beginning to refuse the bottle. She'll take a few sips here or a few ounces there and then push it away. What does this mean? How can I try to increase her milk amount? Help!

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Asked by kkurth at 1:14 PM on Jun. 26, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Did she ever drink the cow's milk well? Did you slowly transition the milk change? Such as: 3/4 formula to 1/4 cow's milk for a few days. Then half and half, etc?
    Also she could just not be wanting to drink as much now. After the age of 1 children start eating more and drinking less then when they were babies. My doctor recommended 4 sippy cups of 8 oz. each of milk a day at that age.

    Answer by momoflilangel at 1:17 PM on Jun. 26, 2009

  • she may not like it or her stomch doesn't like it... try soy milk... if she likes it just try to mix soy and cows milk

    Answer by enaNianza at 1:40 PM on Jun. 26, 2009

  • The cow's milk tastes different than the formula. Try doing only 1-2 oz of milk & 6-7 oz of formula for 1-2 days, then increase the milk to 3-4 oz & 4-5 oz of formula for another 1-2 days. We transitioned ours like this: ratio of milk: formula 2oz:6oz for 2 days, then 4oz:4oz for 2 days, then 6oz:2oz for 2 days, then full 8 oz milk. He was on lactose-free soy formula and we were worried about the change to cow's milk fearing he might be lactose-intolerant, but he did fine. Start slow, give her a chance to adjust. (Maybe even 1 oz change a day if she's real sensitive about it. Good luck!

    Answer by doodlebopfan at 2:24 PM on Jun. 26, 2009

  • i had the same problem with my youngest who is now 18mos. but i started to warm the milk like i would the formula maybe a little less just to room temp and she started drinking that just fine she was just picky and gradully i warmed less until now i dont warm at all

    Answer by cssndrtobel at 2:56 PM on Jun. 26, 2009

  • Have you tried putting it in a sippy cup and see if she will take it instead of the bottle? or you could try warming it up just to room temp because she probably is not used to milk being cold? I also have heard of some moms that have to put a tiny bit of chocolate milk (sugar free) and see if she will take that? I would play around with those ideas. or you could even try soy or rice milk and see if she likes it any better. if all else fails keep trying and know that babies dont really "need" milk per se since they are not baby cows. They can get their dairy from cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt and drink water and heavily diluted 100% juice. She will be just fine, but try all the other options first. best of luck!

    Answer by Scoobersmom at 5:24 PM on Jun. 26, 2009

  • Give her a sippy cup with water, and make sure that she is eating a variety of healthy foods: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, lentils, tofu, etc.
    Remember that cow milk is for baby cows, and humans don't need it. Like many other nutrients, and despite the claims of the dairy industry, plant based calcium is superior to animal based. Here is some of what the doctors at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine say:

    Answer by rkoloms at 8:53 PM on Jun. 26, 2009

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