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Doesn't like milk with meals

Brighton , CO
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Doesn't like milk with meals

Hi, I have a 14 month old boy who has always loved table food but has not been so crazy about baby food. He always drank on the low side of how much formula he should drink per day and he is pretty small – he is between 18 and 18.5 pounds. His doctor is not concerned since he is following his own growth curve and is growing at each visit. He is fine with drinking whole milk but only wants a few sips at meal time – he much prefers water from his cup with straw at mealtimes and to have a bottle 3x day with 5 ounces of whole milk before his naps and bedtime. Anyone else experience this – he will drink his milk from a bottle during meals but not from his cup and straw at mealtimes as well. Thinking it’s just a comforting thing for him?

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  1. Hi Jennifer! Yup, I see this all the time. Toddlers often prefer their milk in very specific ways. Their nap/bed time bottles are as much a part of their routine as they are part of his nutrition. For him, bottle=milk, cup=water. It’s not the worst thing in the world and I would agree that if he is growing well (on his own curve) than his overall intake is appropriate. While we would love to see all bottles gone by age 1, keeping them isolated to before nap and bed is not a tragedy. For your friends with younger babies, offer this tip: When your infant begins experimenting with a cup around six months of age, put a bit of breast milk or formula in the cup once a day for then to try. This way, they get used to receiving “milk” in more than just the bottle. I wish I had known this little gem when my youngest was little!

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  2. Neither of my kids liked milk except for an ounce or two right before bed. They were healthy and growing well so I tried not to stress about it.

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