As a mother of a newborn, you want to do what is best for your child. Even though breastfeeding is the preferred and natural method of feeding your baby, it is not always possible despite the pressure felt as a new mother. Sometimes, not enough breast milk is being produced. Sometimes it is not being produced at all. Sometimes the baby is unable to take milk from the nipple. And sometimes, surgery after birth can make it difficult to breastfeed. When breastfeeding is simply not possible, or formula feeding your growing baby needs to be done for other well-considered reasons, how do you know which brand of formula to choose?
The Trouble with Lactose Intolerance
When the body is having trouble digesting and breaking down lactose, certain common symptoms can appear. Lactose intolerance can be troubling because it is this sugar that provides nearly half of the energy that your baby needs each day. Though the lactose content of breastmilk cannot be avoided since it is a natural part of what all babies need, if your baby is lactose intolerant, it is possible to purchase a lactose-free formula for bottle feeding. But how do you know if your baby has lactose intolerance? Here are some of the most common symptoms that you should look out for.
- If your baby suffers a lot of wind after feeding, it is possible that they have a lactose intolerance. Of course, it is also common for babies to suffer wind for other reasons, so always consider other symptoms before taking them to see a paediatrician.
- The gas that the lactose produces in the gut can cause pain, discomfort and abdominal swelling.
- As a result of the difficulty or inability to process lactose, your baby might also have diarrhoea that is green and frothy. One thing to look out for is nappy rash due to frequent passing of loose or watery stools. The lactose causes the bowel movement to be acidic also, which causes the nappy rash.
- If your baby is feeling the pain of lactose intolerance, they will likely not be able to settle properly. This will lead to crankiness and possibly even a failure to thrive and gain weight.
It is important to note that many babies suffer some or all of these symptoms in the first few weeks of life, so it’s wise to see a paediatrician if you are concerned about anything. Quite often these symptoms decrease or even disappear altogether, so bear this in mind.
Taking Care of Your Baby
Looking after a new baby and making sure that they thrive and grow is tough. It’s important to do what is right for your baby, but also to bear in mind that it is completely normal for any baby to have some problems adjusting to feeding and life on the outside. Lactose intolerance is often talked about as a big problem, but it can be diagnosed and treated so that your baby can grow and thrive.