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Hello Everyone

As the title implies, I am feeling a bit stupid!! I took Cara, 5mo to the feeding clinic today (a nurse led one) they detected lactose in her stools and have advised me to change formula to Enfamil O-Lac or SMA LF, I got some Enfamil O-Lac. ANd there lies my first question, is there any difference between the two formulas??

Second Q and this will sound very thick but.... she has told me to label watch and not to give anything with lactose. So I had a look at the baby cereals that I have in cupboard and it doesn't actually state lactose but they do contain milk, so should I be watching for the milk rather than lactose? Will the label say lactose free or milk free?

My plan is to change formula for 2 weeks, then try her with some solids that contain lactose and see how she goes, if she has loose poo and wind pains etc then to go lactose free again for a further two weeks and then try again. Does this sound sensible to you?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated

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Don't feel stupid.  I've done that tons of times!  :)

Is your daughter suffering from temporary lactose intolerance?  I am reading on the SMA LF and the Enfamil site that it is only to be used temporarily from 4 to 8 weeks or otherwise mentioned by a doctor.  Did your doctor suggest the 2 week trial only?  Here is the SMA LF website: http://www.smanutrition.co.uk/products/specialfeeds/lf/

The Enfamil also comes in a DHA and ARA, those good brain foods ;)  Here is their site: http://www.enfamil.co.uk/enfamilolac.asp?terms=agree

I think it's more up to you which way to go.  I don't have experience with lactose intolerance.  Both formula's look pretty much the same.  On both sites it says to use the formula until symptoms clear up, which can take between 4 to 8 weeks.  Can you call your doctor and find out perhaps what they think on how long you should use it for?

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Thanks for that and sorry it took so long for me to reply. I put her on enfamil as it's available on prescription and pharmacy had a good stock!! The nurse said to challenge the intolerence every 2 weeks and to phone them to let them know how we are progressing. Still not sure about weaning foods and what to look for on label so will give thme a phone on Monday. Thanks again



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Anything with milk in it will contain lactose. Different people with lactose intolerance can tolerate different amounts of lactose, so you may find she's ok with a little bit of milk (and therefore lactose) in solids, but can't tolerate the amounts that are in normal milk.
Where are you? As you progress with solids, if this is an ongoing problem, you may find that you can get a good range of dairy foods that are lactose free. Otherwise, there are lots of soy alternatives. My dd has some lactose intolerance, she is ok with eg real milk in baking etc, but not with cheese, yogurt and straight milk.
Good luck!
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Thanks Lucy, am going to avoid lactose for the next few weeks and then add to see how we go. Do you 'challenge' the intolerance regularly? Did you use enfamil o-lac? DD doesn't seem to be liking it much and only taking 4 oz at a time, which means back to feeding every 3 hours.



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My dd2 was on SMA LF till she was 18 months old....i need to see my doctor now she is nearly two and on cows milk as she always has runny poo  :-\

I would say 2 weeks is too short really, id give it a couple of months between testing but then if thats the medical advice you ve been given then perhaps thats best, my doc told me it was best to give her digestive system a full break between trying her out with lactose.  its true that everything containing milk is a no go and also look on labels that you would think contains milk such as biscuits/crackers as some just contain lactose alone without the milk....
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oh, that's interesting, wouldn't have thought of that, thank you. I'll wait and she how she goes, if she's settled on the milk I may just leave her ofr an extra couple of weeks before reintroducing. ATM I'm trying to combat the constipation that the milk is giving her :(, if it's not one thing it's another lol!! Thanks again xx



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You are not being stupid, that is so normal for caring parents to be alarmed and worried whenever it concerns their children. Actually, I also learned from the thread, I will give birth in two months from now and I am concern what are the best for my baby. That is why I am reading everything I could to be prepared because I have a friend whose baby is also lactose intolerant and I swear she's having so worried to everything her daughter eats.
« Last Edit: February 14, 2010, 23:15:12 pm by Gareth - Harvey & Theo's Dad »

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Just as an aside, several preparations for teething also contain lactose but Bonjela for kids and calgel are ok.