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If a baby is born lactose intolerant, what happens during breast-feeding?
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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
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In brief: Lactose intolerance
Lactose is the main sugar in breast milk.
A lactose-intolerant baby will refuse to continue taking it because it will cause abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. However, lactase, the enzyme that splits lactose to simple sugars, maybe added to expressed breast milk in a bottle and fed to the baby instead. The easier way is to feed the baby with lactose-free formula.

In brief: Lactose intolerance
Lactose is the main sugar in breast milk.
A lactose-intolerant baby will refuse to continue taking it because it will cause abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. However, lactase, the enzyme that splits lactose to simple sugars, maybe added to expressed breast milk in a bottle and fed to the baby instead. The easier way is to feed the baby with lactose-free formula.
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
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Dr. Sarah Cueva
However, keep in mind that lactose intolerance is exceedingly rare in babies! Most feeding issues are actually due to something, else so consult your pediatrician before switching from breastmilk to a lactose-free formula. Breast milk is probably much better for your baby.
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