Lactose Intolerence or Dairy (Protein) Allergy...?

Sarh - posted on 11/13/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My son is breastfed and I have had to cut dairy out of my diet before he was a month old. What is the difference between Lactose Intolerance and a protein allergy (or whatever the other issue w/dairy is)?! He is only 5 months old, but I am very nervous/scared when he becomes a yr old how is he going to get the vitamins and other things he needs from cows milk? I doubt this dairy "issue" will resolve before then as his father & nana (father's mother) both have issues w/dairy. I don't want to have to put him on a soy milk because I have read that too much soy (as I would assume he would get w/consuming soy milk as his daily fluid) is actually bad for males!
I know it is a bit early to be worrying about this, but I don't want to have to put him on vitamins as I have taken him off of the Vitamin D drops because they make him constipated.
Thanks to everyone who replies and helps! :)
Also, if your child has issues w/dairy maybe you could share your story and help me out a bit. :)

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Lydia - posted on 11/14/2010

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i looked up again regarding the cow's milk allergy and it is an allergy to one or several of the protein's in cow's milk, sometimes the person can still have milk from different animals, but it looks like mostly they can't have any milk. it depends on which proteins the person's allergic to.

here's an article i found:

http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/all...



just for clarity: lactose intolerance means that a person lacks the enzyme lactase in order to digest lactose. usually after weaning the amount of lactase drops and most adults have a lactose intolerance. it is not considered an allergy or disease, because it is so common (in some people groups 98% have it). as long as a person doesn't drink lots of milk he won't feel any symptoms, but it can cause diarrhea for example. it seems like our bodies were designed to digest (breast)milk as babies but not to digest milk as we grow up.

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Jennifer - posted on 11/18/2010

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sarh, it is the fat in avocado that is great for the brain. its a really good, healthy fat. they are naturally really mushy so you can just mash it up with a fork, and use a bit of breastmilk or water to thin it out a little if you want. and when he gets older and wants finger food, dicing it up works really great. my son just turned 1 year...you'll be surprised at how much you still think of them as babies even when celebrating their first birthday :)

Frances - posted on 11/18/2010

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My son became lactose intolerant at 15 months old. I have given him calcium supplements ever since. Now at age 15, he is not quite as lactose intolerant; he can eat cheese and yogurt and I no longer have to give him lactose enzyme tablets before he has biscuits or cake.

Jill - posted on 11/18/2010

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Both of my boys drink Vanilla Almond Milk & LOVE it!!! Almond Breeze is one brand & Silk has another. My youngest who is now 3 years old has been wheat, dairy & corn free for 2 years & is doing GREAT now! Very few tummy issues now (& it was a VERY ROUGH 1st year for him).

Patricia - posted on 11/18/2010

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since you are breastfeeding, my doctor told me to take omega supplements and then he would get it from the breast milk. It also helps your skin and hair as well.

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my daughter had some issues with cows milk when i first started her on it when she was about 11 months, but her ped said that because she was on a milk-based formula it wasnt an allergy, so i put her on goats milk for a while and she was good with that, and when she was about 14 months (or slightly before that) i tried her with 2%, and she could handle that, but not whole milk. her issues resolved themselves, so i was lucky. you could try goats milk, its incredibly easy to digest but it doesnt have any folic acid, so you'll have to supplement. or you could try a lactose-free milk and see what happens with that... both are quite pricey, but you do what you gotta do, right?

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I think it is the fats in avocados that are supposed to be helpful. Fatty foods in general are good for brain development.

Sarh - posted on 11/15/2010

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Vio, let me know what your son's doctor says if you don't mind! Please & thank you! :)

Sarh - posted on 11/15/2010

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Thank Jennifer! I guess I assumed (we all know what happens when we do that) that he would be lactose intolerant because 2 close relative are.

I'm a little weirded out by the physical act of breastfeeding past 1 yr. I said I was going to stop nursing after 6 months, but w/that being about 3 weeks away, I'm not sure if my bubby or myself is ready to wean yet. I am planning on just nursing until he has had enough of it, and just see how it is as we go.

I have been trying to look for Avocado baby puree, but I have not found any and I am going to look a recipe to make my own. I did not know that it would help w/this as well, but I had read some where or maybe a mom on COM mentioned that it was great for brain building.... (I'm drawing a blank, but something about brain building something or another).
Thank you for the information it was helpful and I really hope he out grows it! :)

Jennifer - posted on 11/15/2010

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as others have explained, lactose intolerance is the inability to handle lactose. it is extremely rare in babies as human milk has the most lactose of any mammal. babies need lactose. it is common though for adults to develop lactose intolerance, and having lactose intolerant relatives doesn't really make your baby any more predisposed to developing it later in life.



dairy intolerance is pretty common in babies (which makes sense because cow's milk is meant for cow's, not humans). it is the inability to break down the protein in dairy. breastfeeding mothers simply need to cut dairy from their diet and most children outgrow this by 2 years of age.



all the vitamins a child gets from cow's milk, can be gotten from other sources. the best way would be to continue breastfeeding past 1 year. the main things you need to make sure baby is getting enough of is calcium (green leafy veggies are actually a better source than cow's milk), and fat (nuts and avocado are great, healthy sources of fat).

Vio - posted on 11/15/2010

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OMG!! I seriously can't not believe I have the same issue!! with Father and grandma both have issues with this as well.. I have a doctors appointment for my 6 month old boy on the 25th of Nov.. going to disscuss this with his doctor at this time.. I'm sure there is something that we can do for them :)

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Didn't read all the posts well, but...

He can't be lactose intolerant. Babies have to be able to break down lactose or their brains are damaged and they die. It is extremely rare.

A baby CAN have lactose OVERLOAD. To break down lactose, we need lactase. Sometimes we take in more lactose than we have lactase, and the extra lactose can irritate our bodies a bit. (This happens to me if I eat a whole gallon of ice cream in a day, for example.) This can be an issue with babies if they get a lot more foremilk than hindmilk while nursing, because the foremilk has more lactose. If that happens, usually block feeding helps a lot.

But if your child was reacting when you eat cow dairy and stopped reacting after you stopped, it is almost definitely the A1-Beta-casein that he is having difficulty breaking down. As his system matures, that should change.

My son was having the same problem, and I tried dairy again when he was 4 months old and he didn't have any trouble. He eats plenty of dairy now.

Some kids are allergic or intolerant to the casein forever. But there are a lot of other sources of calcium besides milk. Like veggies. Or bone broth (when you make soup by boiling bones in water for a long time).

But I think he will probably grow out of it in a few months.

(BTW, lactose intolerance is more a matter of intestinal damage, usually. Lactose is produced on the surface of the intestines. A lot of people have damage that interferes.)

Brittany - posted on 11/14/2010

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My son was on soy formula from the time he was 3 months old on. He doesn't have a lactose problem but because breast milk itself isn't lactose based I put him on soy after I weaned him from breast milk. The study about soy being bad for males behavior wise was 1) tested in monkeys and may or may not be true for humans and 2) in my personal experience is a crock of crap because my son was on it for almost a year and is the most mild mannered little guy I've ever seen. Realistically, most one year olds (and even most kids younger then that) have to be put on vitamins so there really might not be a way to avoid that no matter how badly you want to. Also, pediatricians biggest reason for putting one year olds on cows milk isn't necessarily for vitamins, the main reason is for the high fat concentration (which is why they specify whole/vitamin d milk). Babies need fat for proper brain/body development. You'll just have to weigh it out, if you don't want him on soy milk talk to your doctor, there is milk made of other things like almonds (although I'm sure they probably won't recommend that one specifically) but you'll probably just have to put him on the soy milk.

Lydia - posted on 11/13/2010

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if he had lactose intolerance he also couldn't digest breastmilk properly, because it has lactose. usually it's a cow's milk allergy in babies, and so far i know with cow's ,ilk allergy you can still have goat's milk. i think they use goats milk also to make formula for babies with cow's milk allergy.

Melissa - posted on 11/13/2010

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I know Sarh it is so hard to tell the difference....sorry i wasnt much help...I guess the point I meant to make is it porb is just protain thing BUT if your LO is older than 3months maybe it is lactose...but I really dont know..sorry!
Poor LO might be a genetic thing...I heard that soy is bad for boys also...something about the estrogin levels in it..Its all tial and error with these babies!!!
Sorry you have to cut out milk from your diet I did that for a month and it was very hard!

Sarh - posted on 11/13/2010

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So how can you tell which one baby has? I see you mentioned that the protein sensitivity is most common in infants though. I doubt he will grow out of it as his father & nana are Lactose Intolerant or the other one, I don't know! lol. I tried eating cereal w/in the past week and baby was really fussy, had gassy and stuff. Mylicon helped him, but I have had an icky better from too much dairy and it HURTS! But, I wish he grew out of it by 3.5m like your bubby!! Yes, he does have reflux. We just went shopping for some purees for him and are avoiding pineapple, oranges, and things like that. I give you kudos for having a baby who is/was colicky.
I know it was the Vitamin D, it was actually some Multi something or another. Can't remember the name of it, but it was not just plain Vitamin D. I know that caused it because I was not giving it to him and when I started he became constipated, so I looked it up said it could cause constipation, it did, so I stopped giving it to him and his constipation went away. But I do understand what you are saying. Thank you so much! :)

Melissa - posted on 11/13/2010

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Our doctor told us the difference was with a protein allergy they just have a hard time breaking down the proteins of the milk not the lactose part, which is generall what infant s have and is often misdiagnosed as a lactose intolorance. Although cow's milk protein sensitivity and lactose intolerance are not the same thing, they can sometimes occur at the same time, since food allergy can cause secondary lactose intolerance.
For most babies the lack of being able to digest the harsh proteins causes bad stomach pains. The thing is most babies in general have a hard time digesting milk! If it is just a protein thing he will absolutly grow out of it...our son did by 3.5 months....but I heard it can also last a little longer. He was colicy and a bad eater...we had to resort to formula only and we used nutramigin, which was all broken down protiens and it worked wonders for both his colic and reflux! Which if I remember from other post your son has as well...correct?
Here this link explanes it better...
http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/foo...
Are you sure it was the Vitamin D drops that made him constipated because at that age it is normal for their distive track to change and get constipated! Most every mom I talk to went through it with their baby at that age including me! Oh wait I just read that the extra iron can cause that...I formula feed my baby so I didnt worry so much about him not getting enough Vitamin D...I just read that giving them a multi vitamin instead conter acts the overage so they wont get constipated...so basicly the other vitamins that are essential (C, A) work together with the vitamin d to balacne everything out so there is no "over dose" of vitamin D which causes constipation...prob. ask your doctor though.
Good luck!

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