Lactose intolerance and breastmilk?

Julie - posted on 03/19/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 7 months old, and lately I've been noticing a pattern to her spitting up. She handles her solids fine, may spit up just a little after, but as soon as she finishes nursing, she starts spitting up so much. She only gets breastmilk; when I'm not there, she gets expressed breastmilk in a bottle, no formula. I'm wondering if she's just eating too much (usually breastfeeds about 1 hour after solids, except in the morning, she breastfeeds first), or if the breastmilk is actually upsetting her tummy? Her dad is lactose intolerant. I don't know if that applies to breastmilk, though. And she's not showing other symptoms like diarrhea. I do plan to watch more closely for a few days and then give her pediatrician a call. Any thoughts or experiences to share?

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Stevie - posted on 04/08/2011

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We have secondary lactose intolerance - due to surgery that removed 20" of her large/small intestines. We essentially had severe colic symptoms. Severe gas, lots of crying, mostly evenings. It took 2 months to diagnose LI.

We started out mixing crush lactaid pills with water and now at 16 months she takes a half chewable pill and still breastfeeds.

Best of luck!

Julie - posted on 03/19/2011

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That's a good idea, but she pretty much eats everything I do. She gets three solid meals a day, and I've started blending our dinners so she is eating what we do, and she loves it and it doesn't upset her tummy. Come to think of it, she eats cheese in a lot of her food, so if it was lactose intolerance, wouldn't that bother her too and not just the breastmilk?

Iridescent - posted on 03/19/2011

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It's much more likely that she is allergic to or intolerant to something in your diet than lactose intolerant, but it is possible she's developed lactose intolerance early. First though, I'd try removing the most common offending food from your diet - dairy (this includes whey and casein on labels).

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