Lactose Intolerant. FACT!

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Lactose intolerant?  Yeah right! We’ve all heard people dismiss this diagnosis.  We are  wrapping them up in cotton wool.  There was none of that in their day.  Don’t they make some funny things up these days?  What rubbish!  A lactose intolerant baby is no fun, for them or for us.

Lactose intolerance occurs when an individual is unable to digest the lactose found in their diet.  These individuals simply do not have enough of the enzyme lactase, to sufficiently break down the lactose in their gut.  There are many symptoms associated with this type of intolerance including:  vomiting, diarrhea, bloating and cramping in the stomach.

Since the day Little E was born she has always done explosive poos.  This was normal for a while, that’s what babies do isn’t it?  A nappy change would consist of a whole outfit change, numerous times a day.  There would be unsettledness after feeds, and sleep at night?  Ha, think again!  How were we to know our perfect little monkey would get worse and not better?


At five months old things went from bad to worse for Little E.  She began pooing up to twelve times a day.  We had to battle nappy rash and she was constantly unsettled.  Enough was enough, after visiting our GP Little E was prescribed Aptamil Lactose Free Formula.

After less than twenty four hours she was a different baby.  The constant unsettledness seemed to ease and she turned back into a quiet, smiley baby.  The pooing steadied down to a healthy twice a day and as a result the nappy rash started to fade.  Baby J never had any nappy rash to speak of, this made it even more of a horrid experience for us.

 

We are keeping everything we have crossed, in the hope that Little E will continue to thrive on her new milk.  It is nice to finally feel like she is making progress as the weeks go on.  Up until now it has felt like we have been taking two steps forward and ten steps back.

The moral of this story?  If your unsure, go and get your little ones checked. Lactose intolerance is real and by making a few very subtle changes, you and baby can feel so much better!

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16 Comments

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) August 23, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Lactose free formula was such a game changer for us with LM, I was gutted to have to stop breastfeeding so early but it made life so much better for all of us when we used that. Thankfully for her she grew our of the lactose intolerance but it is a very real problem. Glad you’ve found the formula is helping your little lady too xx #twinklytuesday

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 23, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      I couldn’t believe the difference, so glad it helped for your little one too X

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  • jeremy@thirstydaddy August 23, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    My daughter and I both have a mild case of this. Too much ice cream or cheese can be trouble. It caused a lot of spitting up for her when she was little. Glad you were able to figure out the problem #twinklytuesday

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 23, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Ah bless you it must be awful, my little one was in a right pickle. Thanks for stopping by x

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  • rachelbustin August 27, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Oh no. Poor little might! My 6 month old is a little gut bucket for her breast milk, but since we have started weaning she poos lots during the day. But I give her porriage for breakfast and its made her poos a little harder now. xx

    Thannks for linking up to #DreamTeam, I hope to see you back next week x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 27, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      It’s so hard to get it right for them isn’t it, it’s all trial and error! Thanks for stopping by X

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  • topsyturvytribe August 29, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Oh bless. Hope she’s feeling better now. My little one was suspected CMPA as we breasfed we both went dairy free for 6 weeks but it didn’t make any difference because that wasn’t the problem! Hopefully when she’s older she will gradually to able to tolerate more and more. It’s a long journey. #anythinggoes

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 30, 2016 at 10:16 am

      It’s so hard to get it right isn’t it! My little one is struggling again after a few days of being so settled, back to the doctors we go! Thanks for stopping by X

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  • pinkpearbear August 30, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    It was 12 months before my son was officially diagnosed. He cried all the time and you could literally feel the wind bubbling under his skin. It was just awful. He’s much better now, but still has to have lacto free milk or he gets a very upset stomach. Thanks for linking with us. #bigpinklink

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 2, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Oh wow the poor thing, so glad he is much better now. That must have been so tough xx

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  • randommusings29 September 2, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Pleased to hear you got this sorted out and that Little E is now happy and content. People are always quick to write off things they don’t understand or haven’t experienced first hand, but your baby’s happiness is far more important than other people’s ignorance!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 5, 2016 at 8:43 am

      That’s so true, some things are hard to understand unless you have experienced it yourself! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • Sunita September 3, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    This must be really tough! Hope you’re getting the advice and tips you need and babba is feeling OK x Sunita #fortheloveofBLOG

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 5, 2016 at 8:42 am

      We are getting there thankyou she is much better! x

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  • A Mum Track Mind (@amumtrackmind) September 8, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    I know I’ve already said this but I’m lactose intolerant and my Mum had a terrible time when she weaned me off the breast. It’s a really unpleasant thing to suffer with but you definitely get used to it. I hardly ever think about it these days as I’m so programmed to know what I can and can’t eat and drink. Fingers crossed the lactose free milk does the trick. Thanks for sharing on #fortheloveofBLOG x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 9, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that to get used to it. It’s definitely a learning curve for us as my first born is textbook baby where feeding is concerned! Thanks for taking the time to comment and get in touch! X

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