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Whole Milk

We are in the process of weening our son from breastmilk and nursing to cups with whole milk. He is 12 months old. He is now only nursing at night before bed. He doesn’t love the whole milk so we are still mixing with a little breastmilk. Our Ped said he need 16-24 oz of milk per day plus 3 meals but we are having a hard time getting him to drink that much milk. What advice have your Peds. given you?

  • Kimberly
    Nov 27

    That’s way too much.... my daughters ped and WIC told us 8-12oz of dairy a day. That includes milk, yogurt, cheese.

  • Aje
    Nov 27

    I give my son oatmeal or 10 grain cereal and make it with a cup of whole milk for breakfast. I can usually get him to drink a cup of whole milk over the course of a day. Your breast milk should count as part of that 16oz requirement. It took my son some time before he was willing to drink more than an ounce or two of whole milk at a time. I also bought him new straw cups that he likes to drink from and that has helped too.

  • Julie
    Nov 27

    My daughter loves her milk and drinks near 20 and her pediatrician said that was perfectly fine. But she also said even 8 oz or less is also fine as long as she’s eating plenty of fats and getting her calcium and vitamin D from other sources.

  • Kristen
    Nov 27

    Maybe try different types of cups/sippy cups/bottles. My daughter has always had a lot of opinions about how she consumes her milk and water; completely refusing one sippy while chugging from another, and then switching back again. 😊

  • Lisa
    Nov 27

    Not sure if your keeping track of how much BM vs cow milk you serve in each bottle or sippy, but I would recommend doing so, and switch him oz by oz over the course of a month to allow his tastes to adjust. Cow milk is not nearly as sweet tasting as BM, so he needs time to adjust.