28th November 2019


Can you breastfeed if you are lactose intolerant?

There's no reason why she wouldn't be able to breastfeed if she's lactose intolerant. You don't have to eat or drink dairy to make milk for your baby. The milk within a woman's breasts does not cause them any problems.

In this regard, is breast milk OK for lactose intolerant babies?

Breastmilk always contains lactose. Lactose intolerance is not caused by, or made worse by, the mother drinking cow's milk. A severe cow's milk allergy may cause similar symptoms, though, and if this is the cause, sometimes a baby is more settled if the mother avoids all dairy foods.
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