Usually when a baby is lactose intolerant, symptoms (cramping, nausea, gassiness, fussiness, bloating) will occur soon after feeding the lactose containing product. If there are questions as to whether the baby has lactose intolerance or intolerance to cow's milk protein, a physician can perform tests to determine if the baby has lactose intolerance or an intolerance to cow’s milk protein.
How is lactose intolerance treated?
For a baby with lactose intolerance, a lactose-free formula, such as Baby's Only Organic® LactoReliefTM with DHA & ARA or Soy Formulas, will be recommended.
If lactose intolerance is temporary due to a gastrointestinal upset or diarrhea and the baby is being breastfed, breastfeeding is usually still recommended. However, a lactose-free formula may be needed to supplement the baby occasionally until the baby's digestive system is again producing enough lactase to digest the lactose in breast milk. Consultation with baby's healthcare professional and/or a lactation consultant should be sought to ensure that breastfeeding is not negatively affected. If a baby is being solely formula fed, a lactose-free formula, such as Baby's Only Organic® LactoReliefTM with DHA & ARA or Soy Formulas, will usually be recommended in these situations.
If a baby has been diagnosed with a congenital lactase deficiency, a formula made without lactose, such as Baby's Only Organic® LactoReliefTM with DHA & ARA or Soy Formulas, will be recommended throughout the early years of development and a lactose free diet will usually be needed.