All You Need To Know About Lactose-Free Baby Milk

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The cow’s milk-based formula which is designed especially for toddlers and infants who have lactose intolerance is called lactose-free formula. If the baby has difficulty in digesting the laptop in Cow’s milk then lactose-free formula may be very necessary. Infants might have a condition called galactosemia very rarely in which if an infant becomes exposed to lactose-containing formulas it can become life-threatening. There are several lactose-free formulas and it can become very difficult to choose from among them. If your baby has any kind of digestive problem it can become more difficult to choose. However, we have listed down a few things which you need to keep in mind before you consider giving lactose-free formula to a baby.


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Cow’s milk that has been refined to remove the lactose and replace it with different forms of sugar is typically a lactose-free formula that is used as a corn best source rather than used as a carbohydrate source.

Low-Lactose Formula

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Low lactose formulas are not identical to a lactose-free formula as they still contain some lactose at a lower dose. It can be a good option to consider for babies who are having gassy, fussy, or have general discomfort.

Lactose Problem

The impaired ability to digest lactose is known as lactose intolerance. The body releases an enzyme called lactase to digest lactose which is not produced through some baby’s body efficiently and this problem is known as the permanent inability to make any lactose at all. Nausea, abdominal pain, bloating, cramping, diarrhea or loose stools, and gas are some of the symptoms of lactose intolerance.

Primary Deficiency

Primary or congenital deficiency is a condition in which some babies cannot produce enough lactose in the long term. When babies are born without the enzyme lactase which is caused by inheriting the gene from each of their parents then this condition occurs; babies suffering from primary lactose deficiency require specialized formula because it is extremely rare.

Secondary Deficiency

A temporary reduction in lactose availability known as secondary lactase deficiency is experienced by infants and children. Sometimes after a bout of diarrhea that damage the lining of the intestine of the baby then this condition occurs. The organisms which can damage the intestine and cause temporary lactose intolerance are Rotavirus and Giard. This is a temporary condition that lasts for a short time after birth suffered by premature babies because they have developmental lactase deficiency. You will not be required to switch to lactose-free formula if you are having temporary lactose intolerance because once you solve the underlying condition lactose intolerance will be a cure or get resolved easily.

Some Lactose-free Formula

There are several formulas from which you can choose if your doctor has suggested that a lactose-free formula is a good option for your baby. Specialized baby formula is made by most major formula manufacturers with all kinds of allergies. You need to ask your pediatrician for a recommendation if you are unsure which type of formula is best for you. We have listed down some lactose-free formula option:

  • Enfamil Prosobee
  • Similac Soy Isomil
  • Baby’s Only Organic LactoRelief Formula
  • Similac sensitive
  • Enfamil Nutramigen


Hydrolyzed formulas like Nutramingen are very expensive and will not be recovered by the assistance program. So you should be aware of the fact that it can take some time to see the result when you switch from a regular cow’s milk to a lactose-free formula. 

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