My child doesn't want formula milk. What to do?

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Why does it happen that one-year-old babies refuse milk other than that of the mother's breast? How to introduce it in the baby's diet? Here are all the neonatologist's answers to a mother. 



"I have an 11 month old son who is still breastfeeding. I can no longer breastfeed him due to various problems, but he does not take any brand of milk, not even with biscuits. How do I do it? I also tried not to give him the pasta to see if he was hungry but it doesn't work. " (question arrived on the Facebook fanpage)


responds Riccardo Davanzo, neonatologist president of the ministerial Technical Table for the promotion of breastfeeding. 


Until one year of age, milk is an important food for the baby. "Milk, both maternal and in formula, is a food low in protein but rich in fats, which are essential in such a rapid growth phase like this", underlines the neonatologist. Riccardo Davanzo.

It is not just a question of quantity, but of quality, since there are essential fatty acids in milk that also serve for the growth of the baby's brain. That's why, at least up to 12 months, it is necessary for the baby to continue to milk, to be integrated with solid and semi-solid foods, which provide carbohydrates and proteins that milk is lacking.

After one year of life, however, milk is no longer so necessary for this, if the baby does not like it or is intolerant to cow's milk, he could even do without it.

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Why does the baby refuse formula milk?

"If the baby has been breastfed for 11 months, he has become accustomed to the mother's breast, which satisfies him both from a nutritional and a relational point of view, so it is normal for him to refuse another milk that does not taste as good as that of the mother, moreover, does not gratify him even from an emotional point of view ", says Davanzo.

In short, the child knows what he wants and is not easily misled. And from his point of view, he is right.

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How to make him accept milk other than mother's?

If the mother is unable or unwilling to breastfeed, it is necessary to proceed by trial and error and try to find an alternative that is acceptable for the baby.

Here are some possible solutions.

  • Give the milk with the cup. A breastfed baby is not interested in bottle feeding, which he probably never knew. For this you can try to give the milk directly with the cup, perhaps with the spout, to get used to it gradually.
  • To give milk to people other than the mother. If the mother tries to give him the bottle, the baby can smell her and it is natural for him to complain about the breast. For this you can try, at least the first few times, to have him give the milk by another person, for example the father.
  • Dilute it in the gruel. Another attempt is to try to dilute a little with the baby food, substituting an equal amount of water or vegetable broth.
  • Switch to cow's milk. "It's a little 'heresy', since cow's milk is recommended from 12 months on," says the pediatrician. "However, given that the baby is almost a year old and that dairy milk tastes much better than any formula milk, the mother could choose to switch directly to cow's milk. Obviously it is a solution that cannot be adopted if the child is younger ".
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Questions and answers

Why does the baby not want formula milk?

If the baby has been breastfed for 11 months, he has become accustomed to the mother's breast, which satisfies him both from a nutritional and a relational point of view, so it is normal for him to refuse another milk that does not taste as good as that. of the mother, moreover it does not gratify him even from the emotional point of view.

How to make the baby accept milk other than the mother's milk?  

Some possible solutions are: give the milk with the cup, give the milk to people other than the mother, dilute the milk in the baby food, switch to cow's milk (if the child is almost one year old and considering that dairy milk tastes much tastier than any formula milk, mom could choose to switch directly to cow's milk).

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