Lactose Intolerance and Pregnancy

Yuki - posted on 01/30/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I'm 17 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child and milk and milk products make me sick after I ingest them. It happened with my first pregnancy, but not with my second. I was also unable to drink milk while I breastfed my first, as it would make her irritable and gassy, but I could drink as much as I wanted with my second child while I nursed. I was just wondering if anyone else has experienced this, and to what extent it made them uncomfortable, and what solutions they came up with. My doctor told me not to drink milk if it makes me sick, but I just can't help it. I sure pay for it afterwards, though.

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Alexandria - posted on 02/15/2015

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i have been lactose intolerant from an early age. there is Lactaid milk and off brand lactose free milks. although they tend to be sweeter than milk with lactose, a result due to the fact that lactose is an acid, they do taste like regular milk as its real milk that hasnt been processed with lactose. there is also other lactose free options, such as yogurt, cottage cheese, and even ice cream. explore those avenues, you might be suprised how good they taste.

Lesley - posted on 02/02/2010

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I was born allergic to lactose....as was my daughter.....I find that the lactaid pills don't really work...but both of us drink the lactaid free 2% milk it tastes the same as regular milk....

Brianna - posted on 02/02/2010

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Yes, there are pills called Lactaid, same brand as the milk, and they are very convenient for eating out and such :)

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Ask your doctor about taking Lactaid. If they are safe to take then that may help you digest the lactose. Or, have you tried Vanilla Silk (soy milk)? I actually craved the flavor of it when I was pregnant and it is more nutritious than milk. They make it in light with fewer calories and there's also chocolate. I avoid the plain - yuck!

Leslie - posted on 01/30/2010

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I was SO lactose intolerant during my pregnancy that to even smell dairy sent me running to the bathroom. I was lactose intolerant as an infant, but as I grew older it went away and I only had a small amount of trouble with milk. Since I have had my son, I have continued to stay away from dairy products just because I am nursing. I drink soy milk and Lactaid, which helps A LOT!!! Although, I didn't know there were Lactaid pills.

Brianna - posted on 01/30/2010

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I got lactose intolerancy at the very end of my pregnancy and got it worse after childbirth. I took these chewable pills called "Lactaid", also the brand of the lactose-free milk. They helped alot.

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