My kiddo is 28 months and doesn't want milk all of a sudden. In fact, if anything, he seems to hate milk of all kind as long as he has to drink it himself. I have tried everything - change formula brands (I went off B/f at 15 months), give fresh milk, give soy milk, give different cups, re-introduce the bottle, use a straw, but he simply refuses. I have to resort to adding cheerios or corn squares/bananas/raisins just to spoonfeed him his milk.
Crazy but true, and it is getting too time consuming.
He however is eating quite all right in his solids.
Is it ok for kids to go off milk entirely?
Awaiting your response.
Read this for some ideas on other calcium rich foods:
Evergreen- Loving my girls Dylan age8, Ava age 4 and baby Georgia (6/3/11).
|Originally posted by Gr8flmom
Please dont do that to your son, it would *still* be traumatic for me to have to drink a glass of milk!
Anyway, like everyone else said, there is nothing magical about milk. In fact, it is now up for debate whether there is anything beneficial about milk at all. Doctors only really recommend milk so universally because it is a really easy way for them to feel good about your kids getting enough fat and calcium. The only decent things about milk are that it is high-fat (something that is absolutely essential in the toddler years) and it has calcium, and often vitamin D, as well.
My kids absolutely adore milk right now, so I'm not pushing the issue; if they like it, they can drink it. But I am not entirely convinced that there is anything all that wonderful about milk, what with all the antibiotics and hormones going into the cows that produce it. It may just be a zero-sum kind of thing, where the benefits (insured fat consumption, calcium and vitamin D) are exactly balanced out by the potential troubles (odd additives and unintended 'extras' in the milk).
Besides, my kids LOVE some other great sources of calcium (they adore many different types of vegetables). And we live in Hawaii for cryin' out loud, they make PLENTY of their own vitamin D. I would take away the milk entirely except that my daughter drinks like 36 ounces of the stuff a day and is super-thin and I am certain needs the fat (otherwise, she eats all carbs and veggies).
So, take care of fat and calcium and you can just go right ahead and LET him not drink any more milk :-). I am absolutely certain it is only recommended anymore because it is an easy way for your doctor to tell your child is getting enough fat and calcium.
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Mama, homeschooler, midwife. DD (13yo), DS (11yo), DD (8yo), DD (3yo), somebody new coming in November 2013.
You can also give cheese and yogurt for calcium (although those are milk products) I personally have less issue with those....they even have "baby yogurt" made by yoplait I think and it is made from whole milk so it has all the good fat....some other organic brands also make whole milk yogurt....
Your child maybe old enough for the new Flintstones Calcium Chews. I am not sure about them. I only know that I have tried other kinds of chews and they are YUMMY! Of course, they are probably LOADED with sugar.
That's just one thought. I don't know how other mommies feel about that kind of stuff for getting calcium.
Also, you may think that your child needs to drink milk for Vitamin D. I will spare you the disgusting details of how that vitamin is put into milk, but 10 mins a day outside (not even in direct sunlight) is FAR FAR better than drinking milk for Vit. D.
Katie, who has not BTDT yet
Maybe milk just doesn't sit well with your ds.
I get cow's milk from a locally owned dairy, in glass bottles, no additives, fresh -- great stuff. I HATED milk for a long time and would only drink it as part of something else -- hot chocolate, or cereal, or whatever. Started getting this for dd's sake, and now am occasionally drinking it "straight." Tastes SO much better than the regular kind!
DS isn't a milk drinker either. I was rather uptight about it at first but honestly, I don't even think about it now... he is still nursing but either way, I don't plan to push it. He likes yogurt, cheese and many other sources of calcium and protein. He gains just fine and is growing within the 50 percentile so I'm not at all concerned... you needn't be either as long as he's eating well, happy and healthy!
I give him calcium-fortified orange juice every day and those chewy chocolate flavored calcium supplements. He's fine.
Probably having to do with having it forced upon me in the school cafeteria (only beverage available for years )
I say forget the milk if the child doesn't like it. It is not necessary !
WOHM married to SAHD, living the dream w/our: 3 girls (14,12,10) and 3 boys (7,5,3) and tie-breaker due Jan 2014