6.19.2007

MILK WOES

Just like Danica, I am struggling with getting Luke to take cow's milk. I hand him the sippy cup, he takes a sip, and then spits it everywhere. He'll spit it out a couple of times and then eventually throw the cup. I thought things were messy before and now they are super disgusting with milk all over the place too. Here's my question: Luke loves plain whole milk yogurt by Mountain High. He eats a ton of it and cheese too. I was looking at the label and there is more calcium in the yogurt than the milk. As far as other nutrients go, the yogurt has the same amount of iron and other things as milk. Can I just give him yogurt and cheese instead of milk? When he needs liquids, I could give him juice and water. Am I a bad parent for wanting to do this? (Don't answer that.) It's just that after mopping up milk for the umpteenth time in the past few days I'm looking for other solutions.

9 comments:

  1. as you may know i hate milk. so i eat cheese and yogourt for my calcium. i don't think its wrong at all to feed him yogourt, if thats what he likes and its good for him thats great!

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  2. My doctor has given me a hard time for Isaac not liking milk. I just can't get him to drink it. But he too likes yogurt and cheese. Last night I tried rice milk to see if he would like it. His reaction was the same as Luke's: spit spit, throw the sippy cup away! I don't want to push it on him because I've read that humans were not meant to digest other animal's milk. :-) So, why push it on him when he may end up having allergies. It is just an easy way to get calcium in them. Yogurt is a wonderful food, though, with lots of great nutrients, not to mention the "friendly bacteria".

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  3. Don't you love how everyone makes you feel horrible for what you can't control? I think yogurt and cheese are fine. It takes awhile for them to adjust to the the milk. Especially if they are breast fed. Don't give up.

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  4. I think it is probably fine, but I would double check with your doctor. My nephew is allergic to milk, so my sister gave him Vanilla Soy milk. He loves it.

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  5. My doctor told me to supplement with yogurt and cheeses. Jackson didn't turn into a big milk drinker until recently when I offered him 2% milk. He would barely even take the whole milk. Now that's all he asks for (it's not all he gets though!).

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  6. I've heard so many moms tell me this over the last couple weeks. That's what I'm doing with Carson now! I mix whole milk into his rice cereal (4 oz) and he eats it fine and then I try to give him a couple yogurts, which he eats great through the day, and he gets a sippy of 1/2 water 1/2 juice (which I hope to turn into 3/4 water 1/4 juice someday soon). So I've stopped nursing for almost a week now! And guess what. I was dreading what would happen when I pulled his morning feed when he woke up at 5-6am (which he did every morning and then went back to sleep for a couple hours) - but after the first morning where I just gave him his binky and laid him back down, he doesn't even wake up anymore. Doh. Makes me hope the goodness he got from nursing outweighs the loss of sanity I got from waking up each morning to nurse. :) Go for it, and keep trying the milk now and then. Also, I tried the vanilla soymilk with Carson and he doesn't like it eithr. BTW, my pediatrician told me to just give him dairy (20-22 oz a day) and keep trying the milk but not to worry. And Carson is 5th percentile! Strapping Luke will do fine...

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  7. Jed spit up all the time drinking cow's milk. We finally settled on soy milk. He grew up, got an academic scholarship, and married. So. No apparent harm. :-) (BTW, Cristin - haven't been in touch for a while: Jed got married last month and they are blissfully happy -- so far). Don't have to deal with what to feed babies -- yet.

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  8. This is the REAL Jonathan! As you know, my diet was completely devoid of dairy up until I was about 9 or 10 I think; and then I would just eat cheese.

    Now, I am not exactly the perfect vision of health, but I have had a lot less weight and other problems than the rest of my family. Coincidence? I say ditch the MO and shovel the YO!

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