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could he be lactose intolerant?

My LO is 9 months old. At his 9 month check up the doc said he could have some milk, not to replace formula, but just as a drink with dinner or something like that. So he started getting whole milk, he might have got 2-4oz a day, nothing extreme. He had it for about a week, and I noticed him having a lot more dirty diapers, and they were a lot more full, on the verge of diarrhea. We stopped the milk a week ago, and he is still having the same thing happen. Could he be lactose intolerant? Would it still be affecting him a week later. Or could he have a stomach bug or something. No throwing up though. Thanks. (please no bashing about the milk at 9 months! he still drinks plenty of formula)

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:38 AM on Sep. 13, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Well if his formula isn't lactose free, then I doubt it's a lactose problem, could be that it's new and it can take a while for their little bodies to adjust.

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 10:45 AM on Sep. 13, 2009

  • Your doctor is very wrong. Dairy is an allergy trigger food and should not be given to a baby before the age of one. Other allergy trigger foods (this is not a complete list) are nuts, wheat, soy, egg white, citrus, chocolate, strawberries. You will now hear from a dozen moms who gave their infants velveeta and they don't have allergies. There are plenty of smokers who don't get cancer, but why would you take the risk with your baby?

    Most doctors know very little about nutrition.

    The best book on feeding babies, toddlers and their families is called Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. You should be able to find it at your local library. There is some great information on the website:



    Answer by rkoloms at 10:46 AM on Sep. 13, 2009

  • Absolute agreement with rkoloms. Never give a child milk until at least 1 year old and you first need to mix it with the formula. Never just switch from one thing to another, can cause upset stomach, and other issues.

    Answer by Euphrasius at 2:08 PM on Sep. 13, 2009

  • There is something in milk that can actually make a child very very sick which is why is should NEVER be given before 1 year of age.

    If he was lactose or milk protien intolerant he wouldn't have been able to tolerate milk based formula.

    Try giving low fat goats milk as an alternative.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:34 PM on Sep. 13, 2009

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