Many babies have tummy discomfort during their first year. But lactose intolerance is probably not the cause.
When your baby has tummy discomfort, it’s stressful for both of you. But remember, you’re not alone. Tummy issues are common at this age, and some moms perceive them as lactose sensitivity or intolerance. In reality, it’s probably not lactose intolerance.
Why is lactose important?
People can forget that lactose is the primary carbohydrate in breast milk, accounting for 40% of its calories. This major energy source
may play roles in calcium absorption and promoting growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.
Lactose intolerance is apparent shortly after birth.
It’s extremely rare that babies are born lactose intolerant. If a baby is born lactose intolerant, it’s usually discovered within the first day or two after birth.
Switching to a tummy friendly formula can help.
Enfamil A+ Gentlease baby formula is nutritionally complete and:
- Is tummy friendly and easy to digest*
- Contains a protein blend patterned after breast milk that has been partially broken down†
- Has reduced lactose levels**
- Contains DHA, a type of Omega-3 fat and an important building block of the brain
* Similar to all infant formulas.
† Based on whey:casein ratio of typical, mature breast milk (15 days - 6 months after birth) prior to partial hydrolysis.
**~1/5 of the lactose of a full-lactose, routine, milk-based formula.† Based on whey:casein ratio of typical, mature breast milk (15 days - 6 months after birth) prior to partial hydrolysis.
§ Based on a survey of moms with babies experiencing tummy discomfort using routine formula.