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My son is 2 1/2 and drinks about 4 - 5 cups whole milk a day. I have tried everything else he doesn't like it.<br>
I just don't have the heart to buy cows milk anymore, I really just can't do it, I shudder.<br><br>
I thought I would experiment with just not buying it and just forcing him to deal with what I give him. I tried for the past 5 days, coconut milk (like my daughter drinks), but he will let the cup sit there and go thirsty. I give him water later on (he is getting enough water), but I want him to get used to a new milk. 5 days go by and I am freaking out right now that he has has virtually no protein, calcium, any of that good stuff- and calories have dropped without his whole milk. (I usually put duocal in his milk, I tried it with the coconut milk- he won't touch it.)<br><br>
My next step is to try (again) fortified soy milk, and just only offer it to him. Its another cold turkey situation, I just don't think it will work. He is so strong willed which is why weaning him off of milk won't work- he just knows he can hold out and get a cup of it later on. Right now he is fine with water instead of milk, no skin off his back.<br><br>
He won't eat protein or calcium rich foods either, he is picky. I can't get him to eat tofu or any leafy greens, anything like that. If anyone has read any of my other threads on the subject- I have tried every variety that is out there- all flavors- he only likes whole milk, which is why I am throwing my hands up and trying the 'cold turkey' approach<br><br>
Any advice on how I can force my son to drink alternative milks? (without being abusive-lol!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":huh:"><br>
As a parent- this situation is tearing me up. I am torn between my refusal to buy milk and his nutritional needs/ toddler behavior conflict.<br><br>
(edit: this is really more a behavioral question than a veggie question, maybe someone has been there done that....parenting boards just shrug me off and say why are you refusing to give him milk?)
 

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Have you tried the little juice box sized soymilks? <a href="http://silksoymilk.com/products/single-serves" target="_blank">http://silksoymilk.com/products/single-serves</a><br>
Maybe those would seem more appealing to him?<br><br>
There are also these new flavors : <a href="http://silksoymilk.com/products/seasonal" target="_blank">http://silksoymilk.com/products/seasonal</a><br><br>
I used to do the real/generic switch up. I would take a bag of the cheaper storebrand cereal and put it in an old empty box of the namebrand cereal so kids would assume it was actually the namebrand cereal they were eating (they were picky about that sort of thing).
 

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I would do it the same way you switch a baby to a new baby formula brand or the way you switch cats to a new cat food - slowly.<br><br>
Week one: give 3/4 cows milk mixed with 1/4 soy milk<br>
Week two: 1/2 and 1/2<br>
Week three: 3/4 soy plus 1/4 cows milk<br>
Week four: 100% soy<br><br>
Stretch out the weeks if you have to. And don't let him see you make the sippy cup.
 

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Forcing a 2-yr old to do anything is just about impossible, imo. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Does he like popsicles? You could freeze little bits of alternate milks in ice cube trays with sticks. Have you tried vanilla almond milk? Pretty sweet.<br><br>
Good luck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I had the best luck with my picky eater letting her have little portions of various foods, and I let her 'orbit' the table while we ate at table because she just couldn't sit still.
 

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I would do it the same way you switch a baby to a new baby formula brand or the way you switch cats to a new cat food - slowly.<br><br>
Week one: give 3/4 cows milk mixed with 1/4 soy milk<br>
Week two: 1/2 and 1/2<br>
Week three: 3/4 soy plus 1/4 cows milk<br>
Week four: 100% soy<br><br>
Stretch out the weeks if you have to. And don't let him see you make the sippy cup.</div>
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This is a genius idea and I bet it works! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">He is so strong willed which is why weaning him off of milk won't work- he just knows he can hold out and get a cup of it later on.</div>
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Ah yes, but from whom did he learn that he could do that? if you are his primary care giver, it was most likely you wasn't it? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
From now on, just don't give him any more full glasses of milk. cut it out slowly as someone else suggested and he won't even notice.
 

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^^ Yes- I do cave in and give him the milk because I am a worrywart and think he is starving/dehydrating himself. When in actuality- he is fine. He knows I will eventually give him the milk, cookie, take him to the playground if he stomps his feet long enough, i am such a sucker- I know I need to start putting my foot down. He can't hit his sister, and he can't drink cows milk until he wants to buy it for himself- I have to lay down the rules sooner or later, I know.<br><br>
I will give the mixing milk thing a try. It actually is how we took him off formula. It took 3 months, because he is so taste sensitive, but it might work again. Good idea. Popsicles sound like a good idea too- he loves them!<br>
At the store this morning I discovered a couple great alternative sources of protein and calcium, I will try on him-<br>
I found a great soy yogurt with 8 grams pf protein, some soy crisps - (they look like rice cakes and he loves popcorn) they have 9 grams per serving, and some enriched spinach pasta in the shape of wagon wheels with 14 grams of protein. I know I might be able to sneak peanut butter into some things too- I found peanut butter stuffed crackers, maybe those will work.<br><br>
I also found a coconut milk that had the saturated fat that him and my daughter need, and is also fortified with B12, calcium, and vitamin A & D. Maybe if I can get him to drink it, I can put his duocal and find some soy protein powder and mix it in. Then he will get everything he needs.<br><br>
Thanks for the feedback! My son is definitely so much harder than the rest of my family at switching. Hopefully not much longer. It has definitely been a journey the past 3 months...<br><br>
I spent a ton of time at the store label reading today!
 

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Good luck! You sound like a very loving, caring and wonderful mother. There are some mothers out there that wouldnt put in half the time, effort, and concern for their child's nutritional and health needs that you have. He is very lucky to have you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Have you tried any of the flavored milks? Also, I think soymilk, sweetened or not, is kinda nasty to drink plain but I like rice or almond milk, so it may be that some more trials are warranted. FWIW, my nanny girls love rice milk too, and they're both from omnivore families and drink cow milk well.<br><br>
Lastly too, if you're worried about protein, omnivores are often advised to have their children drink less milk. The milk fills up their tummies and then they're less likely to eat other foods in sufficient amounts.<br><br>
Ditto too, with not giving in. You're the mommy, do what you think is best!
 

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Put food coloring in the milk!<br>
I have no idea if that would work or what it'd look like; it's just an idea. Little kids like colored things. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I know if I were a two year old, I'd sure drink a blue or purple or orange colored drink!
 

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Does he need to be drinking milk?<br>
I just remember my baby brother used to drink GALLONS of cold chamomile tea and fruit juices. I just don't know at what age you can have fruit juices and such.<br><br>
How about calcium fortified fruit juices? Or fruit smoothies with soy milk inside?
 

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He won't eat protein or calcium rich foods either, he is picky. I can't get him to eat tofu or any leafy greens, anything like that. If anyone has read any of my other threads on the subject- I have tried every variety that is out there- all flavors- he only likes whole milk, which is why I am throwing my hands up and trying the 'cold turkey' approach<br><br>
Any advice on how I can force my son to drink alternative milks? (without being abusive-lol!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":huh:"><br></div>
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have you tried green smoothies? its a great way to get in leafy greens and other foods that kids won't eat on their own. its really easy, just toss in some spinach (or other greens) some fruit, and some milk or juice in a blender and blend til smooth. i like to add a frozen fruit like bananas or berries, it thickens up the smoothie. apple juice is great for adding sweetness that totally masks the flavor of the veggies.
 

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My daughter hated soymilk when we tried switching her from cows milk at age 3. She protested, refused to drink it etc. We just held out. We got her chocoate and vanilla flavoured soy and she warmed up to that. It took about 2 months before she fully switched over. After that she loved soy milk and hasn't had cows milk in 5 years.
 

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My son was not picky at all about the switch...we switched 100% overnight and he seemed just as happy with it. Hope the mixing works for you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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