For dairy choices, try goat milk (either powdered or not; probably available at your Whole Foods-type store). Or try powdered whole milk - I think Nestle has some; we bought ours at a local ethic (Somali-run) grocery. Powdered milk, I think because of the heat used to dehydrate it, tastes a little sweeter than regular (non-dehydrated milk). Soy, almond, and rice milk are alternatives, but a lot of them tend to be heavy on the sugar, and don't have the same nutrients, so be a label-reader and compare them.
Also, make sure that if you choose one of these, it has vitamins/minerals added. Protein and calcium, and some fat and minerals/vitamins are the big things that cow milk (and goat milk) offer to little growing bodies. There are lots of cultures that don't use milk (of any kind), and just drink water & get their nutritional needs met through food. You might want to get a good multivitamin (we use Tri-Vy-Sol w/o iron, per ped.
recommendation, since our little one was about 1 month old; that is in addition to his regular intake of breastmilk as an infant, as well as now as a toddler eating solid food & drinking about 4 oz of milk per day). I think that there are also "toddler formulas" out there; we didn't look into them, but I would guess that might be an alternative, though probably more expensive than cow's milk. You also might try mixing his formula and milk -- giving the same amount of formula per whatever recommendations you're following, over the course of the day, but adding into that some of his daily milk ration.
Over time, gradually decrease the amount of formula (feeding separately if needed); this might accustom him to the taste of the milk more gradually.See Also: Cows Milk Allergy
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Hi there, my son is 17 months now so have recently been through the same things with his milk. At 1 I started off by just introducing cows milk slowly to get him used to it but still using his toddler 1-2 formula for main milk feeds. So he'd have cows milk in his cereal and in a beaker of milk in the morning.He is pretty easy going about food and never had a problem getting him to drink from cup. Now at 17 months he only has cows milk but I try and up his calcium intake through his food during the day.
I believe people will tell you that you should be beginning to wean them off milk as a food and make more of a drink, so cutting out the bottles but personally I don't see what the rush is. My son still has his bottle before his nap and bed because it helps him sleep. He will drink milk from a beaker at other times and that's all he has a nursery but he still finds comfort from his bottle so for now I am letting him have it.
Especially just before bed.I have done it all really slowly, letting my son have a beaker of cows milk every now and then get him to have it more frequently until that's all he has. I wanted to let his system get used to the change in milk.I personally don't care what anyone else says or think and that's the way I parent my child. I do what I feel is right for him even if that's not what the experts recommend.
He is happy and healthy and that's all that matters to me. I do take on board what people advise but I will ultimately do things my way.