Lactose-free formula

My three-month-old baby seems to have gas a lot. We have experimented with lactose-free formula. I wonder what she is missing nutritionally from this formula and also if there is a test to see if she is lactose-intolerant.

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All infant formulas must meet strict nutritional specifications before they are allowed on the shelf. This is to guarantee their nutritional adequacy. Therefore, any infant formula you choose will provide your baby with the needed nutrients. Formulas tend to differ only in the source of those nutrients. For example, some will get their protein from cow's milk, others from soy beans. The carbohydrate may come from a number of sources, including lactose, corn syrup and others.

If your daughter is on a lactose-free formula she is not missing anything nutritionally. Have you noticed a reduction in her gassiness since using this formula? Diarrhea, gas and bloating are all signs of lactose-intolerance. A doctor may test for lactose-intolerance by looking at her history of diarrhea, and perhaps measuring the amount of hydrogen in her expired air. However, your best first course of action is to try the lactose-free formulas. I hope this works for you.

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