My 8 week old baby spits up tons after a bottle....

Valerie - posted on 09/09/2010 ( 60 moms have responded )

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My 8 week old baby spits up tremendous amounts after eating. He spits so bad that I can't even lay him down an hour after eating because the spit up keeps on coming. He is gaining weight fine, and the doctor isn't concerned about it. I can deal with spit up, but this is just too much! Does anyone have any advice on formulas or anything else that has worked for your baby? He is currently on Similac Advance.

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Brittany - posted on 12/11/2011

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My 8 week old was just having the same problem and the doctor had me change his formula to Similafter aluminium the purple can and he did OK for a few days but then he started spitting up real bad again so the doctor had me start putting a half of formula scoop of the baby rice cereal per every 2 ounces in his bottle. Let me tell you ever since I started this, he barely spits up at all!!!!

Kimberly - posted on 11/24/2010

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If you are using a powdered formula, try and mix it in advance so the air bubbles have time to settle before you feed her. I used to mix my daughters bottles right before I fed her and as soon as I started making them all in the morning her spitting up was cut in half. I also changed her to a faster flow nipple because it was taking her forever to eat a bottle and I thought that she was working to hard to get the formula and ended up taking in more air which made her spit up more. Both of these things helped me tons.
I would also try switching the bottles before you try another formula. Some babies just don't do well with certain bottles. It's easier and doesn't mess with their system. I use the playtex drop ins and they are awesome, although they cost a bit more because you have to buy liners all the time.
If you are still having problems you could talk to your doctor about switching formulas but sometimes some babies just spit up. My son spit up a lot but he was happy and healthy so I just had to deal. :)

Aleks - posted on 09/09/2010

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Lactose free formula is not necessarily the answer. Lactose intollerance is EXTREMELY RARE in babies ( as this in evolutionary terms would mean self /species elimination - cerain death for the baby, ie, pre formula days!!!) ! Baby stomachs are actually designed to handle a lot of lactose! This is due to the fact that human milk has got something like 3-4 times the lactose of dairy/bovine milk which most formulas are based on. So the "lactose free" formulas are basically a lot of rubbish and nothing but a marketing ploy by formula companies for market share. Besides, true lactose intollerance can only be diagnosed by a trained doctor ( and not many are actually fully across the condition anyway, as many misdiagnose dairy intollerance with lactose intollerance!!! And these are two very very different things!)

However, as many above mums have mentioned do try to switch to different formula. Also, if that doesn't help speak to a doctor becasue your LO may be DAIRY intollerant ( this is THE most common food intollerance/allergy in children) - and its the intollerance of certain proteins found in ALL dairy products and its derivatives (including things known as milk solids) and are found in "lactose free" dairy goods and produce as well. Your doctor can help you find the right type of formula for your baby if he is found to be dairy intollerant.

Good luck :-)

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I would try switching formula, if she still gets sick look into something lactose free. I had the same problem with my son. Anytime I would have milk products, he would spit up a TON. Also maybe stop during the feeding a burp your little one more often. May just be that too much gas is building up.

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Iridescent - posted on 12/11/2011

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This baby is well over a year old now. Please check dates before posting.

Lise - posted on 12/11/2011

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(I didn't read the other posts - sorry)

What about giving him smaller, more frequent bottles? Same total quantity but less at a time.

Moomaw - posted on 11/24/2010

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I am now a grandmother but this problem arose with my own child. Found out it was a milk allergy. Switched to soy milk and had no further problems.

Stifler's - posted on 11/24/2010

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I would just like to say... that reflux is extremely common. So is colic. It's frustrating but it's not that serious unless the baby isn't gaining weight. I tried EVERYTHING people have suggested even medication and my kid didn't stop screaming or spewing until he grew out of it at 8 months. Wind drops or Infant's Friend or Gripe Water definitely worked the best for him plus everything else combined - Avent bottles, sitting up for half an hour, sleeping with the cot tipped up on the end where his torso was, thickened feeds.

Yaumara - posted on 11/24/2010

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I have an 8 1/2 week old and she has been suffering from the same vomiting and/or big spit up's. At first we thought it was the lactose and switched to Enfamil Gentlease, she improved but after 2 weeks it started up again. The pediatrician switched her to Enfamil AR (A.dded R.ice) for reflux and she improved a lot but after 1 1/2 weeks problems started again. Well, it seems that the problem is she does have gag reflux but is also allergic to the rice starch in AR formula so now we are mixing 1 tsp of Oatmeal cereal per ounce of regular Enfamil formula and that seems to have been the solution!

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Edina - posted on 09/16/2010

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My son was breastfed and spit up tons, half way across the room sometimes. And it lasted a long time. I tried feeding him less but more often, I tried burping, I tried laying him down. Nothing changed it. One day it just stopped on its own.

Holli - posted on 09/16/2010

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My daughter did that too. What her problem was, she had acid reflux really bad. She had to be on a low iron formula. Then as soon as she weighed enough the doctor put her on xantac. She had to sleep in her swing until she was about 8 months old. But she is fine now at 4 and a half.

Jessica - posted on 09/16/2010

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Have you had him tested for acid reflux, my son spit up real badlt because of that, talk to your pediatrician, and have him tested

Diana - posted on 09/16/2010

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I have found that many times babies have a slight intolerance to the lactose based products on the market. I have found that many times, if you switch it to a soy based formula, it helps to control it a little better, however, until which time the baby acclimates to the soy based formula, it may encounter softer, possibly liquid stools. If the spitting up continues, I would be very concerned about the chance of your baby having reflux disease. This is becomming more prevalent in infants lately. It can be controlled, however, if left untreated it can cause delays in oral motor skills, which influence eating habits. I have found that doctors are reluctant to change formulas, but it has worked for me as a mom, and as a pediatric nurse.

Kera - posted on 09/15/2010

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My daughter never spit up once i switched to enfamil gentlease. its easier on their stomach. I also gave her gas drops.

Sandra - posted on 09/15/2010

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It sounds just like my 3rd son. I finally found a DR that told me that Brian was having spasms in
his esophigus (SP) so they put him on some type of medicine 1/2 hour before he was due to take
his bottle!!! And that took care of it!!!!!! I had to give it to him for about a year, but the results were
worth it.

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my daugher was like that too. but she was gaining weight and she was a very happy baby and slept very well at a very young age. she would just spit up a lot. my MIL was worried about it, but my daughters ped wasnt because she was doing so well in every other aspect. and you know what? they do grow out of it. it may be a mess, but its not something that you'll have to deal with the rest of your life. just a few more months probably. i just made sure to have lots of receiving blankets and every time i burped her i would catch her spit up in a blanket. yes, lots of laundry, but now shes almost 15 months and growing like a weed, drinking 2% milk and acting like a regular little toddler. good luck if you find a way to cut back on the spit up, but if you dont, then just know that it will be done with before you know it! :)

Chanell - posted on 09/15/2010

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I had to switch my daughter to Enfamil Gental Ease for a while and that helped a little. Our doctor said it was reflux and told us to lay her on her left side to ease it. Hope this helps!

Michelle - posted on 09/15/2010

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Try a low iron formula. My son was a big spitter upper. We called him the puke master 2000. Good luck, he will out grow it.

Courtney - posted on 09/15/2010

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My son did the same. We switched his formula to Similac Alimentium. We were also told he had Acid Reflux. So he takes Zantac twice a day. It doesn't really cut down on the spitting up but its makes it not as painful. After switching his formula and adding the zantac he was a completely different baby! I know you say he is gaining weight and your doc isnt concerned but you may want to double check that he doesn't have Pyloric Synosis. Its the narrowing of the opening of the stomach that causes what he drinks to come back up. It can be fixed. My little boy was tested for it. Its known to run in males. Just FYI!

Tiffany - posted on 09/14/2010

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It sounds as if he may need to be on a different kind of formula then what he is on, it may be working wonders for his weight and giving him the nutrients that he needs to fill him up, but he may for the mean time be switch to a lighter formula. The formula may just be to heavy on his stomach, we went through something simalar to your story with my very healthy daughter and she ended up being put on Enfamil soy formula and it was wonderful for the spitting up and we have not had issues since then and she is 5 yrs. old today perfectly healthy with no dairy problems at all in fact dairy probducts are her favorite snacks and she may I think at times turn into cheese. :)

Amanda - posted on 09/14/2010

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Spitting up after feedings, especially when you lay him down usually is a sign of acid reflux..your doctor should be able to prescribe some sort of chidrens antacid. I had the same problem with my baby up until she was about 10 months old..i believe they presribed her Zantac, however i could be mistaken.
Try sitting him/her in a swing or bouncy seat instead of laying his directly on his back, it may help. Good luck!

Samantha - posted on 09/14/2010

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my baby girl did the same thing they make some medicine for acid reflux...i aint no doctor but thats what sounds like...ask your doctor about it...it really really does help!!

Krista - posted on 09/14/2010

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My son was a really bad spitter-upper. I put him on the Enfamil AR, and burped him after every 2 ounces, and it made a huge difference. It certainly didn't eliminate the spitting-up, but it reduced it by quite a lot.

And doctors tend not to worry about spitting up if your baby is still gaining weight, and if he's a "happy" spit-upper. Basically, if he's gaining weight, and the spitting up doesn't seem to cause him any pain or distress, doctors tend to not get too fussed about it.

Michelle - posted on 09/14/2010

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He could have a bit of reflux. I put her in a swing or carrier for an hour so that she was in a more "upright" position before laying her down. As she got a bit older (3 months) I would hold her in a "football" hold, with her butt against my hip and my arm under her tummy and her chin in my hand. That way, when she spit up, she was face down towards the floor and didn't spit up all down my back. She got to where she preferred being held this way, especially when she could could her own head up well because then she could see everything goin on. I nursed, so I'm affraid I can't help with the formula question.

Ingrid - posted on 09/13/2010

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well my son did da same at eight weeks,it really isnt n e ting u have 2 worry about,jus keep his head a little higher dan his body is,n make sure he burps atleast twice b 4 putting him down n u should try da formular sma gold its great 4 da growth

Karra Marie - posted on 09/13/2010

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My daughter did the same thing until she was about 6 months old. I know it's no fun at all!!! I was convinced there was something wrong with her but her doc said as long as she's gaining weight she's fine. The spit up never bothered her. We tried every formula there was, even that stinky stuff that costs a fortune and comes in a little itty bitty can, but none of it made a difference . The one that we found to be the best was Enfamil Gentelease and Dr. Brown's bottles. The proteins are broken down already so it is easier for them to digest. Also we would feed her in her bouncer and leave her in there for a while after she was done. She would still spit up as soon as we took her out but it did help a little bit. Your little man will grow out of it but in the mean time just bring extra clothes for everyone : )

DEMTRIS - posted on 09/13/2010

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TWO OF MY CHILDREN DID THAT....AND IT DIDNT STOP UNTIL THEY WERE OFF OF BABY FORMULA.I TRIED EVERY BRAND THERE WAS..NOTHING HELPED.YOUR JUST GONNA HAVE TO RIDE IT OUT...SORRY

Jess - posted on 09/13/2010

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try premium instead it might just be a little too much for the baby... I also use dr. browns bottles. they were awesome. another way is to burp often like before after and in the middle of feeding.

Mary - posted on 09/13/2010

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Sounds like reflux and it doesn't sound like your ped is being very helpful. I think you have to hold them or sit them upright for at least 30 minutes after eating so they don't spit up so much. There might be a gentler formula, maybe lacto-free?

Debbie - posted on 09/13/2010

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i had to put my kids on soy milk that help a whole lot and did they check for reflexs zack had bad reflexs

Tiffany - posted on 09/13/2010

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Well it seems like more and more babies are having reflux where they need to be in a sitting up position for almost 45 mins. after each feeding. which can be very "frustrationg" when they are so little or you need to get things done... my advice would be try it if you can and if you feel the need to change the formula similac make a whole new line of formulas and there is an orange can that says "sensitive" on it. it just might help your little one with digesting a little better. Hope everythings gets easier for you and your baby soon.

Michelle - posted on 09/13/2010

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Talk to your doc-he could be lactose intolerant. Read the ingredients on the mix contaner, if there is any milk products in there it culd be upsetting his stomach all my babies had to have soy based formula they could not handle milk at all, they can now grown up, but as babies their little bellies brought it right back up!!

Maria - posted on 09/13/2010

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If changing milk or battle doesn't work , have him checked for 'pyloric stenosis'. My kids both had it, surgery fixes the problem. Hope it's not your case. Good luck.

Tamra - posted on 09/12/2010

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My baby (now 3 1/2) did the same ... Two things made our lives much easier. My pediatrician said that some babies are born before their digestive systems are ready. She suggested a probiotic drop that you can add to the formula specifically made for babies. Do a google search for "BioGaia". Nolan went from spitting up, burping and tummy rumbles to being a quiet baby within 3 days. I loved loved loved it!
The second thing; before the BioGaia we'd tried switching to Soy based formula. That did cut down on the spit up. You have to give vitamin D drops when using it.
So I agree with other Moms, try different formula, try different bottles (Avent work well) but I also highly suggest the probiotic.
Good Luck!

Melissa - posted on 09/12/2010

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My son had the same problem, he would spit up so much my husband wanted to change his name to Damien! lol The doctor told me to start putting rice cereal in his bottles, 1 Tbsp for every 2 oz of formula & that helped the doctor had us increase it to 1 Tbsp per 1oz of formula & it almost completely stopped. It is most likely Gurd (Acid Reflux) & if it continues you should push the issue with the doctor, they do have medicines they can give the babies. Also, try switching to a Soy formula, we have used Similac Isomil Advanced for all 3 of my kids now (the older 2 started out with regular formula & ended up on Isomil) so we just put the baby on it from day one. Good luck! I know how hard it is, I just remember all the laundry I had to do with my younger son & all his spitting up I felt so bad for him too, but I think it bothered me more than it did him!

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My daughter used to spit up almost her entire bottle after a feeding until my mom suggested I burp her after every 2 ounces instead of after half a bottle. That almost eliminated her spitting up. Might be worth a try.

Jessica - posted on 09/11/2010

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Ok a couple things you can do....before trying out a ton of different kinds of formula try SOY Based Formula!! both of my kids were Milk protein sensitive and I didnt find out until we tried my 2nd baby on a million different formulas! he would eat and puke for every feeding and it was getting way outta hand! so one day I remembered my mom giving my little sisters Isomil because they were milk protein sensitive also so I went out and bought a can and tried 1oz. of it on him and about 15 minutes went bye and I gave him another 2oz. normally he would have already barfed everything up!! but I gave him a 4oz. bottle and he was fine so I called the doctor and told him everything so he did some tests and found out sure enough both of my kids were milk protein sensitive!!

Another thing you can try is the temp of the formula, I learned that lukewarm milk doesnt upset the babies tummy as much as really warm milk!! and when your feeding your baby try holding him/her to where he/she is almost sitting up straight so they wont get as many air bubbles in their tummy as well!! These things have helped alot of my family and friends who had the same problem!! I hope I helped a little Good Luck!!

Stephanie - posted on 09/11/2010

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My daughter had the same problem. I couldn't get it across to her doc that it wasn't just the normal spit up. It took forever but, she was eventually diagnosed with Gerd. This is what I had to do for her. I would burp her every 2oz, fed her less each feeding, but feed her more frequently, I propped her up to sleep by putting a pillow under her mattress and rolling receiving blankets around her to keep her from rolling and slipping, and the number one helper was feeding her enfamil AR it is made for babies who spit up. It is thicker then normal formulas so if you switch to this you may need to switch nipples. Ours kept clogging so we switch to the larger holes or faster drip nipples. Check and see if you pediatrician has free samples that way you can test it out to see if it will help. That is how we found it, her doc gave us a free sample! Hope this helps!!

Stephanie - posted on 09/11/2010

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My daughter had the same problem. I couldn't get it across to her doc that it wasn't just the normal spit up. It took forever but, she was eventually diagnosed with Gerd. This is what I had to do for her. I would burp her every 2oz, fed her less each feeding, but feed her more frequently, I propped her up to sleep by putting a pillow under her mattress and rolling receiving blankets around her to keep her from rolling and slipping, and the number one helper was feeding her enfamil AR it is made for babies who spit up. It is thicker then normal formulas so if you switch to this you may need to switch nipples. Ours kept clogging so we switch to the larger holes or faster drip nipples. Check and see if you pediatrician has free samples that way you can test it out to see if it will help. That is how we found it, her doc gave us a free sample! Hope this helps!!

Dixie - posted on 09/11/2010

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my son did that, his dr switched him to Prosobee (prob spelled wrong) and immidiate change!

Tracey - posted on 09/11/2010

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it could also be reflux, my daughter has the same problem and she is breaast fed, if changing formula doesnt help, you could try food thickner you can put it right in with the formula that thickens it in the gut and stops so much comeing up, you'll still get a little

Heather - posted on 09/11/2010

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My babies were what my doctor called happy pukers. Some babies just spit up easier than others. I was told with my first to switch to Nestle Good Start. I also found that burping them part way through eating helped too. Whenever I forgot to do that my baby would spit up a lot.

Niki - posted on 09/11/2010

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My youngest spit up all the time! Breastmilk, formula didn't matter what. Turns out he inherited his dad's acid reflux. The Dr put him on baby prevacid and he got better. He was on it for a few months. It improved with solid food. He still has problems every once in a while.
Talk to your Dr. Good luck!
Niki

Dawn - posted on 09/11/2010

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The Emfamil AR worked for my son. He was diagnosed with reflux at 4 months, but we had issues for a while before that; wish I had discovered it sooner.

Jennifer - posted on 09/11/2010

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ask the dr. if he is too young to have a little pro-biotic (the good stuff in yogurt that makes you digest food) to his bottle.... maybe that will help.

Megan - posted on 09/11/2010

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I have a 7 week old that was doin that.. I use infamil gentale ease ... It really helped her... It also helped to sit her up more when she was eating... Hope this helps!!

Jennifer - posted on 09/10/2010

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amy lea, lactose intolerance is very common in humans, you're right but it is very, very rare in babies. cow's milk is not the only milk with lactose in it, human milk actually has waaay more lactose than cow's milk.

babies are not lactose intolerant, some babies are DAIRY intolerant which means the protein found in dairy products is too difficult for their tummies to break down.


try switching formula's but i would get a second opinion from another doctor. research is now coming out that babies should only drink soy formula when all other formula options have been tried. soy turns to estrogen in the body which is fine if one is eating other foods as well, but for a baby that is getting all its nourishment from the soy formula, this is not good.

Kathy - posted on 09/10/2010

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My daughter was the geyser when she was that age. She reminded me of the girl from The Excorcist where she opened her mouth and the pea soup just shot out! LOL We switched her formula to soy and that helped some. I then switched to a low-flo nipple and that REALLY of helped. She would drink so fast that she would get a lot of air and she was picky on which kind of nipple she would nurse from. This is just one of those hit and miss things. Try a new formula. Try a slower flo nipple. Keep her elevated after she eats for a good thirty minutes-that will help if she has mild acid reflux. Good luck!

Alison - posted on 09/10/2010

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you might want to make a visit to see a chiropractor specialized in infant care. Your doctor won't tell you this, but there is often displacement in the spinal cord caused by childbirth. This can impact the digestive system and cause things like colic and reflux.

Danielle - posted on 09/10/2010

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i would say change the formula... these days there are sooo many to choose from its ridiculous... but i know that enfamil makes a formula calld A.R. it has added rice starch in it to help with spit up.. hope that helps

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My 1st born had this problem, he was drinking breast milk out of bottles...His brother did not have this problem and the only difference, other then being 2 different kids, it that for the 2nd I used Dr. Browns Bottles. Aside from that! My Dr. told me to pour an ounce of fluid on a flat surface as it definitely LOOKS like ALOT more then it actually is to help comfort me through this very messy time in my LOs life! Good luck!

Iridescent - posted on 09/09/2010

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http://www.foodreactions.org/intolerance... - Rates of lactose intolerance worldwide, based on age and race.

"The prevalence of primary lactose deficiency varies according to race. In a review by Gudmand-Hoyer E in published on The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (1994), it is lowest in Scandinavia and Northwest Europe (3-8%) and close to 100% in most of Southeast Asia. In Europe the frequency increases in the southern and eastern directions, reaching 70% in southern Italy and Turkey. There is also a high prevalence of lactose maldigestion in the people of Africa with the exception of cattle-raising nomads. Moreover, studies conducted by Scrimshaw and Murray and Sahi review the prevalence of lactose maldigestion globally. The prevalence is above 50% in South America, Africa, and Asia, reaching almost 100% in some Asian countries. In the United States, the prevalence is 15% among whites, 53% among Mexican-Americans and 80% in the Black population. In Europe it varies from around 2% in Scandinavia to about 70% in Sicily (see map below). Australia and New Zealand have prevalence of 6% and 9% respectively. In general, it can be stated that about two thirds of the world adult population is lactase non-persistent."

People do not belong drinking milk from other species. That is simply ridiculous. Very few countries actually consider it "normal". Very few bodies worldwide can tolerate it.
Research on the safety of drinking cows milk (as a human) -
http://josquin.tripod.com/milk.htm
http://www.lifestylelaboratory.com/artic...

Iridescent - posted on 09/09/2010

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Lactose intolerance is actually exceptionally common in humans. Because humans were not meant to drink cows (or cows based) milk. The ONLY race that is genetically able to tolerate cows milk somewhat are Swedes. This is proven. They actually had a show on the Discovery Channel about it today, which shocked my husband because he didn't realize how right I was.



Babies are more able to tolerate lactose than children and anybody older, as Aleksandra states. They lose the ability to process lactose as they get to weaning age and older in every mammal, including humans.



Switching formula may be necessary, but if he's gaining weight, and spits up that much, perhaps the problem is actually overfeeding. Try feeding much less at a time. Some babies cannot tell when they are full. I would also agree that there is no purpose in going to a "lactose free" type of formula, as lactose is likely not the problem at that age, and would instead choose either soy or hypoallergenic.

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