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lactose intolerant

Posted by on Jul. 2, 2014 at 2:29 PM
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Can it cause conspitation? I'm trying to relactate because my son is conspitated and nothing seems to help. I'm wondering if it's the milk based formula? ?
by on Jul. 2, 2014 at 2:29 PM
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ShadowLark
by Silver Member on Jul. 2, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Formula often causes constipation.  However, that is NOT lactose intolerance.  If he were lactose intolerant, he wouldn't be able to digest your milk.  Human milk has WAY more lactose in it then cow's milk, that's why they add lactose to cow's milk formula.  They're trying to match the amount in human milk.

He might be reacting to the cow's milk protein.  If he is, you want to be completely dairy free so that when you relactate, he doesn't have to deal with that protein in your milk.  Once you clear it from your body (I think it usually takes around 4 weeks) he should be FINE with your milk if that's the issue.  And four weeks should give you plenty of time to build up your supply again.  Just keep pumping!

MusherMaggie
by Platinum Member on Jul. 2, 2014 at 2:37 PM
It's not lactose intolerance, but a reaction to the iron and other artificial nutrients in the formula. How much formula is he getting right now? Have a look at "Getting Baby Back to Breast" on Kellymom.com for a good method for reducing the formula.
Analugojana
by on Jul. 2, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Babies are not lactose intolerant. It would be biological suicide because our milk has plenty of it. Your baby can have intolerance to cow milk protein. Formulas often make babies constipated. Relactation should solve that problem.

MyCaptain
by Member on Jul. 2, 2014 at 2:42 PM
He's currently only on formula! That's why I'm wondering if I should switch it to soy while I'm working on my supply.

Quoting ShadowLark:

Formula often causes constipation.  However, that is NOT lactose intolerance.  If he were lactose intolerant, he wouldn't be able to digest your milk.  Human milk has WAY more lactose in it then cow's milk, that's why they add lactose to cow's milk formula.  They're trying to match the amount in human milk.

He might be reacting to the cow's milk protein.  If he is, you want to be completely dairy free so that when you relactate, he doesn't have to deal with that protein in your milk.  Once you clear it from your body (I think it usually takes around 4 weeks) he should be FINE with your milk if that's the issue.  And four weeks should give you plenty of time to build up your supply again.  Just keep pumping!

MyCaptain
by Member on Jul. 2, 2014 at 2:42 PM
Should I use soy formula instead while I supplement?

Quoting Analugojana:

Babies are not lactose intolerant. It would be biological suicide because our milk has plenty of it. Your baby can have intolerance to cow milk protein. Formulas often make babies constipated. Relactation should solve that problem.

Analugojana
by on Jul. 2, 2014 at 2:47 PM

I'm no specialist in formulas by any means, but I heard that soy based formulas are even worse (mimicking estrogen and disturbing the hormone balance). There are gentler formulas (hope other moms know better) and even prescription (expensive) ones. 

Quoting MyCaptain: Should I use soy formula instead while I supplement?
Quoting Analugojana:

Babies are not lactose intolerant. It would be biological suicide because our milk has plenty of it. Your baby can have intolerance to cow milk protein. Formulas often make babies constipated. Relactation should solve that problem.


MyCaptain
by Member on Jul. 2, 2014 at 2:50 PM
Like nutramigen?

Quoting Analugojana:

I'm no specialist in formulas by any means, but I heard that soy based formulas are even worse (mimicking estrogen and disturbing the hormone balance). There are gentler formulas (hope other moms know better) and even prescription (expensive) ones. 

Quoting MyCaptain: Should I use soy formula instead while I supplement?

Quoting Analugojana:

Babies are not lactose intolerant. It would be biological suicide because our milk has plenty of it. Your baby can have intolerance to cow milk protein. Formulas often make babies constipated. Relactation should solve that problem.

gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Jul. 2, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Soy won't be any better for constipation. If you must supplement, do it with your own milk instead. 

MusherMaggie
by Platinum Member on Jul. 2, 2014 at 2:53 PM
Another option would be donor breastmilk. EatsOnFeets and HumanMilk4HumanBabies are two good reputable sources. Using an SNS (Supplemental Nursing System) will allow him to feed at the breast, getting supplement and stimulating your supply at the same time. Also, look up galactagogues on Kellymom.com; there are some simple foods that help milk supply.
mostlymaydays
by Group Mod-Stacy on Jul. 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM
I would avoid soy formula like the plague. I would try to find one with a lower iron content until re lactation could be established. Donor milk is an excellent idea. Just about anything but soy formula ;-) and if iron is causing the constipation I'd guess soy formula is iron fortified as well.

Quoting Analugojana:

I'm no specialist in formulas by any means, but I heard that soy based formulas are even worse (mimicking estrogen and disturbing the hormone balance). There are gentler formulas (hope other moms know better) and even prescription (expensive) ones. 

Quoting MyCaptain: Should I use soy formula instead while I supplement?

Quoting Analugojana:

Babies are not lactose intolerant. It would be biological suicide because our milk has plenty of it. Your baby can have intolerance to cow milk protein. Formulas often make babies constipated. Relactation should solve that problem.

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