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Switching over to cow’s milk- tips?

SM

My daughter is 15 mo and I’ve been breastfeeding her till now. I want to switch over to cow’s milk, however it’s not going well. I decided to start with weaning her off her afternoon feed first but she’ll take a sip from her cup and leave it. After several failed tries with plain milk, I tried fruit shakes of which she’ll maybe drink a couple of ounces (as long as it’s a different flavor from the previous day!). Have tried to have my husband offer it but that didn’t work either. Tips on how to get her to drink cow’s milk?

  • Kate
    Mar 05

    You may want to consider mixing it with your breast milk. For example, if you’re offering 8 oz of milk, 7 of that could be breast milk mixed with 1 oz cow’s milk. The next day or so, do 6 oz breast milk with 2 oz cow’s milk. And so on until it’s 100% cow’s milk.

  • J
    Mar 05

    i feel your pain! mine uses sippy cup for water but not milk. he will drink the milk from the bottle, but we are weaning him off the bottle as well. i’m just hopping he will get the message soon - if you want milk, it is from sippy cup!

  • Kieli
    Mar 05

    I agree with Kate, that’s what I did too. I would mix 4 oz breast milk and 1 oz cows. Then in a couple of days 3 1/2 oz breast 1 1/2 cows. I also warmed the cows milk so it was familiar to her. It took me overall about 2-3 weeks to switch her completely and a month to stop breastfeeding.

  • Anonymous
    Mar 05

    At that age, I wouldn’t stress over cows milk if she doesn’t want it. She should be getting enough solids, and you can do cows milk with meals and have water around.

  • Anonymous
    Mar 07

    We did mixing with breast milk 50/50 then 30/70 and then when I ran out of that we mixed with vanilla soy/almond milk (I’d read the sweetness factor is helpful) eventually tapering down soy/almond milk until 100% cow milk. It took about a month-ish with baby 1, but longer with baby 2...

  • Jess
    Mar 07

    I bought baby cereal, Gerber banana or peach, and added milk instead of water. I would just keep offering and either she’ll develop a taste for it or not. There are lots of good sources for vitamin D and healthy fat. My son loves milk but he has issues digesting it so we adjusted his diet, added more avocado, spinach, olive oil, smoothies with chia seed and veggies etc. The pediatrician told us milk is not necessary if the diet is balanced. It may just be she’s not used to drinking much out of a sippy cup vs bottle or breast. That takes time.