How we get our picky girl to drink milk {giveaway}

12/18/2012 at 11:06 am | Posted in Bloggy | 2 Comments


Lily’s relationship with milk has always been tenuous.

I stopped breastfeeding early in order to treat my postpartum depression, and we must have tried half a dozen different formulas before she finally accepted soy. Then, after she turned one, we started making half-and-half sippy cups of formula and whole milk.

But once we removed that super-sweet soy formula from her little baby cocktail, she flat-out refused to drink milk.

Of course I turned to the internet for help. And I got some great advice from family and friends. Our pediatrician also eased the blow by assuring us that as long as she got calcium from other sources (yogurt, cheese, veggies, fortified foods) we didn’t need to worry so much about milk.

But we still wanted to try to incorporate milk into her diet. So here are some of the things we tried:

– Offer cereal with milk for breakfast. She loved Cheerios and Rice Krispies and felt like big stuff feeding herself with a spoon.

– Make her oatmeal with milk instead of water.

– Provide healthy flavored milks. Lily LOVES chocolate, so this strategy works every time. She’s especially crazy about Smart Balance Kids Chocolate Milk and Nutrient Blend. She started drinking it when Smart Balance launched their new kids’ milks at North Carolina Harris Teeters back in the fall, and it was love at first sip. And I love that it has DHA/EPA Omega-3s, 30% of her daily calcium, extra Vitamin D, antioxidant Vitamins C and E, and no artificial growth hormones. I serve it to her as a special treat at lunch a few days a week.

– Whip up milk-based smoothies, encouraging Lily’s creativity and expanding her palette at the same time. Here are some of our favorite recipes.

– Experiment. I once added orange juice to a sippy cup of milk and she drank the whole thing. Of course it never happened again, but it was totally worth a try.

Today, at almost five years old, Lily drinks one glass of skim milk at dinner every night, in addition to chocolate milk with lunch a few days a week. She still doesn’t really like milk, so most of her calcium comes from the foods she eats. And with wonderful products like Smart Balance Kids Milks on the market, keeping my kids’ diets well-rounded is easier than ever.

Would you like to try Smart Balance Kids Milks? Just leave a comment below to enter our giveaway for TWO free containers! I’ll draw the winner on Friday, Dec. 21.

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Sponsored posts are purely editorial content that we are pleased to have presented by a participating sponsor. Advertisers do not produce the content. As a Smart Balance Kids Milk ambassador, I was compensated for this post and was given milk vouchers to review. My opinions are always honest.

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  1. We go through milk like crazy in our house. I’d love to win this!!

  2. My son is going through a phase where he only wants to drink chocolate milk, I’m hoping to get him back on drinking regular milk 🙂


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