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I am trying so hard, but every time I stick it to her mouth, she pushes it out, and keeps refusing it / she was BF for 12 months, never taken formula, and have no BM anymore/ It is getting really frustrating, I really dunno what to do. Tried several bottles, cups, nothing worked, and she really needs to take the cow's milk.....<br><br>
Please, if anyone had similar experience, share it with me.Thank you much.
 

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Are you warming it up? Maybe she doesn't like the taste of cow's milk. There are many alternatives such as soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, goats milk. Is there a paticular reason that you feel she needs to drink milk. If she gets calcium in other ways then you don't need to worry about calcium. If it's to get to sleep at night then perhaps you need to try a alternate, both my kids drank soy/ or rice milk when they stopped nursing one at about 14 months and the other at 20 months.<br><br>
Good luck mama that sounds frustrating<br><br>
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Is there a reason you don't have milk any more? Would you be willing to relactate? She really needs your milk. My dd wouldn't TOUCH cow's milk at that age.<br><br>
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To answer the question you actually asked, I would try different kinds of milk, making sure of nutritional content (for example rice milk is not as nutritious as others). Does your child have other swallowing issues? Sometimes, there are swallowing issues that need physical therapy to overcome. Doc needs to make that diagnosis. Try getting somone other than you to give different cups. Try water in different cups to see which cups are successful before you try milks. Does your child get enough food and nutrition otherwise? If you are concerned, please see your doc as, truly, there could be a medical reason for this. That happened to someone I know and they had to take baby to rehabilitation for swallowing therapy.
 

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I *general* if a child has been successful breastfeeding then they have the skills to work a bottle (they may need to learn, but it's not a fuctional issue it's a learning one)<br><br>
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Have you tried putting it in *your* cup first? My babe always wants sips of whatever I'm drinking. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Maybe that would work?
 

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my dd prefers straw cups. I found them pretty easy to teach!
 

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First of all, what do you mean by "I have no BM anymore"? What makes you think your milk has dried up? It's possible that you still have plenty of milk for her and don't need to change anything.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:<br><br>
also, i would suggest (if need be) milk other than cows. perhaps almond?
 

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No human NEEDS cow milk. There are other alternatives for sure. If she self-weaned prematurely, then what is she drinking besides milk? Water in a cup is all she needs if you have other calcium-rich foods in her diet, ie. leafy greens, yogurt, tofu, nuts & seeds...even whole grains, beans, and some other fruits and veggies contain calcium.<br>
You could keep a diary of her food intake for a week and use a tool such as fitday.com to see if she's getting the nutrients she needs.<br>
My boys drink rice milk and almond milk, and calcium-fortified oj. Otherwise they just have water. (The baby is still breastfed of course.)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">No human NEEDS cow milk.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/truedat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Truedat"><br><br><i><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="color:#FF0000;">Only baby cows! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></span></span></i>
 

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DD hated cows milk at first. Our ped said that milk is really only for the calcium, so as long as she got that from other sources - dairy or non, and water to keep her hydrated she'd be fine. (Though I should note that I am still nursing a couple times a day.) Anyway, I kept offering sippy cups of milk but not forcing the issue, and one day she started drinking it. Now she loves it.
 

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DS1 never liked cows milk; he really only drink soy milk every now and again, and he is nearly 4. Why do you think your dc needs cows milk at this point? I would try goat's milk, rice milk, or possibly a toddler formula.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">DD hated cows milk at first. Our ped said that milk is really only for the calcium,</div>
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Your dr. is dangerously wrong. The main purpose of keeping milk in the diet in a big way until 2 years old is FAT. Little brains grow quickly and they need fat to do it.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Your dr. is dangerously wrong. The main purpose of keeping milk in the diet in a big way until 2 years old is FAT. Little brains grow quickly and they need fat to do it.<br><br>
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Well geeze, 'dangerously wrong' sounds a little harsh. But you're right about the fat. And we did talk about how all dairy needs to be whole milk dairy. I already knew that, though, so it didn't make much of an impression on me.<br><br>
I guess this is another example why you shouldn't blindly follow advice from a random stranger on a message board.
 

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I thought the fats in milk weren't the fats needed for brain growth? Maybe I'm way off but if I'm reading this from Dr. Sears correctly that's what it implies at least.<br><br><a href="http://www.askdrsears.com/html/3/t032100.asp" target="_blank">http://www.askdrsears.com/html/3/t032100.asp</a>
 

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Yeah milk is not required. She may be telling you something (i.e she is lactose intolerant) so don't force it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">(i.e she is lactose intolerant)</div>
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It is very VERY unlikely for a baby or toddler to be lactose intolerant. Breastmilk is very high in lactose.<br><br>
It could be a dairy allergy though.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Hey mama! this can be frustrating. I too had the same problem, DS would not take cow's milk (and i have decided to pump for him since he doesn't take the breast anymore).<br><br>
But i'm pretty comfortable with the fac that he can get his calcium and such from other sources as Vegan said. Here's a good resource for good calcium foods.<br><a href="http://www.askdrsears.com/faq/fn1.asp" target="_blank">http://www.askdrsears.com/faq/fn1.asp</a><br><br>
Then offer water and such if you are choosing to not breastfeed anymore. good job going to a year! go longer if you can....and if not...just keep offering fluids (water) and get in calcium other places. i think trying different milks is a good idea too but DS never took any of them.<br><br>
Also a straw/open cup is a good idea. Oh yeah, he would not take ANY fluids AT ALL until i got our NUK sippy which is the BEST and PVC free! they told me if he woudln't take from that, then he woudln't take from anything. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> sales pitch, i know, but it was true for us!
 
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