Switching from Formula to Milk with Lactose Intolerant Baby

Elyse - posted on 08/21/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daugher broke out in a rash with the milk based formula so we had to switch to soy. Now that she has approached the 1 year mark we are starting to get her on milk. Concerned with going to whole milk we mixed her soy formula with the whole milk, half and half (4 ounces of each). She got really sick and broke out again. We even tried small doses of milk mixed in (1 ounce or so) and the same thing. So I'm moving onto soy milk but wasn't sure if I should try the whole milk again or just forget it. Anyone else having this issue?

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Katarina - posted on 08/25/2009

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My little brother was lactose intolerant and my stepmom bought drops to nuteralize the milk for him to drink. They were a little bit pricey and the milk needed to sit for 12 hours before he could drink it(in the fridge of course) but that was the suggestion the Doctor made and it worked for him.

Cidalia - posted on 08/26/2009

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If she's getting rashes, it's not lactose intolerance... it's milk allergy. She's allergic to the protein in milk. She may or may not outgrow this. If she doesn't, she'll have to stay away from dairy.

LaShondra - posted on 08/26/2009

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Hi, my young child is lactose intolerant when he was born just like my husband. I could not breastfeed, he could not take the lactose free formula so the doctor told me to gete augmentin milk(horrible taste). Once he got older I started giving him lactaid milk when he turned a year, which was expensive because it was before they made the gallon milk size:o) and he loves it. He's still has an intolerant for whole milk at the age of 8, but I now get 2% because that the only one beside lactaid milk and soy milk that won't upset his stomach.

Sylvie Francine - posted on 08/21/2009

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Hello Elyse, I can certainly relate, I'm lactose intolerant in my older age and all my 6 sons were at birth, some didn't get over it till well after 3yrs old and one was 4. My kids broke in rashes and vomited too with cow milk. Goat milk was terrible also.So trust me it was expensive to find a solution. You can buy Lactaid drops to treat her milk, until she's two yrs old. She needs the Homogenized 3.25% Milk until then but you can switch to 2% when she turns 2 which is easier because they sell lactose free milk in 2litre jugs. I would not mix soy with cow milk at this age, she is too young too handle mixes. My youngest son enjoyed the Chocolate or Vanilla Soy milks so I would alternate through the day from soy to treated cow but only when he was 3 yrs old. He was on Carnation Good Start LF until he was 18 months old because the milk protein was easily digestible. Of course by then he only drank 16 to 20 oz of milk a day. He didn't get fat, he was always at a normal weight and he enjoyed other foods too. When I decide to wean him from formula I had too slowly introduce the regular soy. Day 1, 4 to 6 oz formula in the morning with breakfast, then 4oz of soy with lunch. The rest of the day I would continue with formula. Next day I would increase the amount of soy and decrease the formula, I continued for about 10 days until all servings were soy. It needs to be done gradually so it doesn't shock their system. After that he started to enjoy Silk Soy milks in different flavours. He wasn't able to digest the protein in cow milk until he was 3 so that's when I was able to buy Lactose Free milk. He started enjoying regular 2% milk last year when he turned 5. He was the only one like this out of my 6 boys. The other ones started with the treated milk at about 14 months old and between the ages of 2 and 3 they were able to drink regular milk. You need to evaluate if she is simply lactose intolerant or if she has intolerance to the milk protein too. That will determine if she needs Soy or Lactose free cow milk. Either way, baby formula is OK until they are 18 months, Carnation good start has a soy formula for babies up to 18 with all the nutrients your baby needs at that stage of development. Formula is the safest at this point. There isn't a rule at what age to wean a baby from formula, if it was breast milk, the Dr wouldn't tell you to wean. I heard of Moms breastfeeding well past the age of 2 so why does formula need to be at 1yrs old? I don't see why. Every child is different you need to do what is the safest for your daughter.

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Isabela - posted on 08/25/2009

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I don't like soy milk personally, I myself have been lactose intolerant since birth, Now that they have lactaid out, you can try it. My friend gave it to her son but I believe he reacted better to the 2% and fat free. Whole makes me sick. When my daughter is of age I plan on giving her lactaid.

Tori - posted on 08/24/2009

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My son has the same issue. His daycare has messed up several times by giving him milk and he is now almost 3. I would say forget the milk thing and keep them on Soy milk. Sometimes its more than just a milk problem as it is a problem with the child breaking down proteins. But I guess I'm not brave enough to keep seeing what will happen.

Michelle - posted on 08/22/2009

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2 of my girls were lactose intolerant and i fed them soy based formula which i feel bad for , do some research.... a days worth of soy based formula has the equivilent of 4 birth control pills! I never fed my girls milk. a good diet of foods that have a mother or come from the earth are all they need. milk has been pasturized ( high boiling point) which kills anything in it including nutrients thats why the vitamins are ADDED!

Krista - posted on 08/21/2009

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Um....what did your doctor say? Obviously if milk makes her sick, you can't give it to her. She may need some sort of calcium supplement, but I really wouldn't feed my child anything that made them violently ill.

I'd honestly talk to your doctor.

Hannah - posted on 08/21/2009

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hi not sure if this help but im lactose intolerant myself and i find that having soya based products is the best to go to aviod any upset the your system ,for instants if i any dairy products no matter how little it is it causes a bad out come ,you can yogurts ,soya milk ,dessert yogurts and plenty more products with out braken the bank lol its just a matter of looking in the right places .......good luck

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