Tuesday, August 12, 2008

My Milk Dilemma

Okay, I have a question for everyone. What do you do if your one year old will not drink milk???
Babies NEED milk, right? That's what I've always heard, anyway. So when Rebecca turned one, a month ago I put some whole milk in her cup and she took a sip and threw it on the floor. She did this every day for a week, so I thought "I need to trick her."
So...I have tried so far...adding chocolate milk powder, watering it down, warming it up, and adding it to juice-sick, I know, but I am desperate! Every time, she tastes the milk, she throws the cup on the floor and will have nothing to do with it.
What do you think, all you experienced mothers? I am clueless, but I heard kids this age need 4 servings of milk every day. So could I just give her cheese and yogurt every day and nurse her in the morning and at night, and call that good? Or is she milk deprived because she isn't getting MILK? I know that now is the time she is building strong bones, so I still try every day, but it is getting frustrating. I don't show her that I'm frustrated though, I make it look like I don't care if she drinks it or not, I'm just offering it to her...BUT I DO CARE!! What should I do??
I have nursed Rebecca for a year now, and I am ready to stop, but since it is the only milk she gets, I am having inner conflict and feeling like I better just keep nursing, at least until I can figure out how to get the other milk into her.
Any suggestions??? Please???