Drinking milk during the night & lactose intollerance

Odea - posted on 04/10/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I can't seem to get my son to stop drinking a milk bottle during the night. During the day he drinks about 250ml's (in two sessions - in the morning and in the afternoon) but during the night he drinks 500ml's. This basically makes a total of 3 bottles during 24 hours. On the milk can it says he should drink 2-4 bottles in 24 hours, so the total amount is right. But I want to get him off milk during the night. I am afraid that he will be drinking bottle and milk during the night for a long time to come.

Then I am 99% sure that he is lactose intolerant - this makes his diet difficult. Can anyone help with ideas on what to give him to eat?

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Odea - posted on 04/14/2009

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Thank you, I will try to get some goats milk. I found that when I give Reghardt yoghurt then it actually gets worse. So now I am trying to cut all dairy. I have him on soy milk at the moment (but goats milk I also heard is better). Thing is, I am a dairy freek I can't seem to think of easy snacks to give him which doesn't have dairy in. Even some biscuits have milk solids and he gets tummy cramps and diorea from this. Now when I give him something like dried fruit it also upsets his tummy. Reghardt is also 13 months. He gets fruit and veggies, he basically eats everything, but I can't seem to find foods without milk solids ... Maybe I am just being difficult. What kinds of food do you give your son now?

Tessa - posted on 04/10/2009

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Hi there, I haven't had any issues with getting rid of the night bottles of milk, but I have heard other mothers suggesting you offer bottle of water instead or perhpaps a dummy if you use one - the idea is eventually your baby gets fed up with not getting milk and gives up trying. If you know you're baby is getting plenty of food and drink during the day, then perhaps this is worth a try.

Regarding lactose intolerance - I have this intolerance, and so does my 13 month old son. We have experimented with Lactose free milk, but found that goats milk is best for him. We also keep cheese to a minimum, but yoghurt seems ok. If the intolerance is severe and you need to eradicate all dairy, you can get a calcium supplement for babies from the chemist. Hope this helps.

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