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I finally got my pediatrician to admit the only importance of toddlers getting whole milk is the fat and calcium content, so if I supplement with healthy fats and natural calcium-rich foods, my 16 month old does not need cow's milk. I am currently nursing him in the morning and at night, but during the day I've tried several milks (almond, hemp, coconut) and he just doesn't seem into bottles. Any suggestions on how to get him to drink the milk, if he really needs the 3 bottles (or sippy cups) per day especially when he is completely weaned? Thanks in advance!
I suggest getting a decent little pump (I used Lansinoh's $30 manual pump, ordered online) and pumping milk to mix with the other milks. Baby will think, "Oh, this tastes like mommy," and gradually you can increase the amount of the other types of milk into the bottle. But keep in mind, the more you pump on top of giving the breast, the more your milk supply will increase, so some planning is involved if you're weaning soon. Hope this helped somewhat.
We went from Breast/bottle to real cups after a year. And sippies while traveling. I found that my guy would drink other things out of a cup but ONLY b-milk from a bottle. And like Hallie said mixing the two helped during the transition. But making it different and fun. Also I've heard that having other people give the cup of "milk" as the associate breast milk to Mommy. But that didn't work for us. :-) Changing cups, even letting him pick it out at the store is what helped us. I still BF'd at night like you mentioned.
And just wanted to add that my guy is almost 10yrs old now but hasn't every had cows milk as a beverage, and he is doing really well.
Eeps sorry for all the typos... I meant to say that we stopped BF'ing around 15 months... but he never went to cows milk. I didn't find it necessary.