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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Concerned!! | 2004/10/25

Q.

Not Drinking Milk

I hope some one might have a solution / advise. My nearly 7 month old daughter, refuses to drink milk. I've been breastfeeding her at night as I'm back at work for the past 4 months. She's on S26 and never drank more than 125 ml, if so much at a time during the day. The last 2 weeks, she refuse to drink any formula milk, even when I tried to breastfeed her. I'm concerned as the milk provide her with a lot of vitamins / iron. This weekend I tried Insomil, but to no avail. She is eating purity in the morning, porridge - afternoon purity vegetables - afternoon dessert / yoghurt...evening some vegetable or yoghurt again. Is is harmfull for her not to drink any milk at all, is there a reason why she refuses milk??

Any suggestions - advice would be greatly appreciated.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

She sounds like a heatlhy child that is growing well. I will not be too concerned. It sounds like she is eating a healthy balanced diet already. She will drink if she is thirsty and my advice would be to offer only formula or breast milk as fluid.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/10/25

I suggest you contact a lactation consultant, she is an expert in human breast feeding, but also very knowledgeable on baby feeding in general.

Remember that as your baby relies more and more on solids, they will drink less and less milk, though until a year, a baby needs to suck, so should either breast feed or have a bottle, even if only at night.

Try getting the care giver to offer milk in a cup for baby to sip from during the day. It doesn't need to be a spouted cup, any cup will do. Might not work, but its worth a try.

I'm sure though that if baby is weeing and pooing fine and putting on weight steadily all will be well.

Also, if baby is teething, they sometimes go off their food and milk, though this should not last more than a day or two. Also, when teething sucking can hurt a bit, so baby will suck/suckle for a few seconds and then pull away and repeat this numerous times before just giving up. This should also only last a day or two, and a spot of tee jel will help with this.

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