My 5 year old DD hates dairy products. I checked with her doctor and she doesn't have any digestive problem. I have been trying many different products and brand names but she still doesn't like any.
For milk, I end up buying Horizon 2% with omega-3, and always have to feed her.
She is a very slow and kind of picky eater, but I'm okay with that. If she just takes a few bites and refuses to eat, I let her go because I know she will eat more later. But I always requires her to drink 1 8oz cup of milk and 1 piece of cheese/yogurt so that she will have enough calcium. She always refuses, then end up drinking but takes 1 hour to finish a cup of milk.
Because of this, I can't bring milk to her school (she studies full day). At breakfast, she likes to eat cereal but without milk, also we don't have enough time in the morning to do so, so she has to both drink and eat cheese after school (6pm).
At this age, I hate to have to feed her. I usually show the clock and reward if she finishes within 30 minutes. I tell her "if you finish when the minute hand points at number 6, you can play your favorite game". But still, I always have to remind her "it points at 3, 4, or 5 already...." because she always plays and takes a sip, then plays, and takes a break after finishing a half.
........................I'm struggling with this everyday. I talk to her a lot that everybody needs to drink milk to have enough calcium so that you can grow up, do many things like mommy and daddy...
What should I do?